Chef battling cancer backs Sheffield hospital unit

Tim Bilton, of the Spiced Pear in Holmfirth.
Tim Bilton, of the Spiced Pear in Holmfirth.

An award-winning chef battling a rare type of eye cancer is being treated by experts at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Tim Bilton, of the Spiced Pear in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, has now launched a fundraising campaign to boost the hospital during National Afternoon Tea week, this week.

His eye cancer was discovered during a routine visit to his GP and he is now treated on the eye cancer ward at the Broomhill hospital.

The ocular oncology department was founded by Tim’s doctor, Professor Ian Rennie, and the specialist department has been a centre of excellence for eye cancer care since 1987.

Tim said: “I have a lot to thank the Royal Hallamshire for, and in particular Prof Rennie.

“ I hope money raised through sales of our afternoon tea will show our support for the fantastic work they do on a daily basis for so many people.”

This week, £1 from every afternoon tea at the Spiced Pear will go to the hospital.

A spokesman for the ocular oncology department said: “We are delighted Tim has chosen to support the hospital.

“We are a specialist unit and donations are a huge part of our progress and work.”