Doctor sounds the horn

Consultant Frank Edenborough with patient Michael Blackett at  the new Cystic Fibrosis unit at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
Consultant Frank Edenborough with patient Michael Blackett at the new Cystic Fibrosis unit at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

When Frank Edenborough tackles Mozart’s First Horn Concerto at the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra’s early evening charity concert at Victoria Hall on Saturday he will have every reason for hoping that it is a financial success.

The money being raised is for patients with cystic fibrosis at the Northern General Hospital where he is a consultant chest physician.

Dr Edenborough took up playing the horn at the age 12. In his spare time, he is principal horn player with the orchestra, which he chairs, and is being sponsored to perform a solo.

It is hoped that up to £10,000 will be raised for the Sheffield Hospitals Adult Cystic Fibrosis Charity to help the running of the adult cystic fibrosis ward.

“As a unit, we raised £1m to build the CF ward with the Sheffield Hospitals Charity and now that we have this fantastic facility, we need to continue to raise money to further develop and enhance it,” said Dr Edenborough.

“The hospital put in £1.4m to help with the build and will make sure it functions, but the charity makes it something special in keeping up the quality of important, ‘home from home’ facilities - computers, internet films, personalised bedding and knick-knacks, sports equipment, the sort of stuff that you might not expect a standard hospital room to have.

“So we need to continue to raise money. A lot is raised by team members doing things and this is my contribution,” he said, referring to the Mozart horn concerto.

“I’m also being sponsored. Somebody offered quite a bit of money if I stood up and did a solo.”

Dr Edenborough ran the specialist cystic fibrosis centre - the only one of its kind in the region, also catering for young people - from 1999 to 2007.

He now runs it jointly with Martin Wildman.