Sheffield’s ME and Fibromyalgia Group marked ME Awareness Day with music, performers and stories at a weekend event held in Barker’s Pool. The event was part of a global campaign in more than 90 cities to raise awareness about the chronic, debilitating illness which causes severe fatigue and widespread pain. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new artwork that charts Sheffield’s urban landscape has been installed at the Cholera Monument on Claywood Drive. The cast iron compass design, by local artist and sculptor Jason Thomson, was commissioned by Friends of Sheaf Valley Park with the support of a legacy from late Sheffield Hallam University mathematics professor Warren Gilchrist. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A terminally ill man suffering from brain cancer has been out on Sheffield streets dressed-up as his favourite childhood super hero Bananaman, aiming to use his time to cheer up others. Ford Mitchell has been told he may have only a few years to live and has been visiting sick children at Weston Park Hospital and talking to the homeless and those in need. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield ME Group have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the illness and to support those who are housebound or bedbound with ME. The group believe there are around 17 million ME sufferers worldwide and plan to hold a Missing Millions event in Fargate on 11 May. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Steps Rehabilitation, which helps people to recover from brain or spinal injuries and complex trauma, has secured a £250,000 loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The cash will help the company grow its services as a national centre of excellence for people recovering from serious illness and accidents. The centre built at the former Jacobs engineering works, off Abbeydale Road, opened in May this year. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association has seen an increase in its case load as more people with eating disorders seek support. People with eating disorders can only access NHS statutory treatment once their illness has become severe and at times life-threatening. Research has shown that the earlier a person receives treatment, the quicker they are likely to recover. The Sheffield-based charity is seeking to recruit additional volunteers to assist in providing help during the early stages of onset of eating disorder. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield City Council has become the first employer in Yorkshire to sign up to the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter which protects the employment rights of terminally ill employees. The charter supports terminally ill employees who wish to continue work after being diagnosed with a terminal illness and protects their right to dignity and not to be stigmatised in the work place. The Council is the latest high-profile employer to sign up to the charter which was developed by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging patients with minor illnesses to make more use of community pharmacists as part of a week long self care campaign. Sheffield CCG are advising patients to seek out the expert advice and treatment on offer at their local pharmacy for common illnesses such as aches and pains, colds and flu, itchy skin conditions and simple eye infections. Many local pharmacists are now offering private consultation areas and no appointment is needed. Sheffield Live! report Baillor Jalloh spoke to Sheffield GP, David St John Livesey.