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Foundation raising money to help leukaemia patients at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

By Lisa O'Brien | Shrewsbury | Health | Published: | Last Updated:

A foundation set up in memory of a much-loved husband and father will raise money to help patients undergoing treatment for leukaemia at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Steve Newman, pictured here with his wife Susan, died in November 2017

The Blue Sky Foundation was set up in memory of Steve Newman, from Shrewsbury, who died in November 2017, aged 50, after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in August 2016.

The foundation was created to represent the optimism, positive attitude and hopefulness that Steve displayed, in the hope of one day finding a cure for leukaemia.

The family of the former Shropshire Star and Express & Star employee said they wanted to raise money for RSH so "more people can be treated with the same fantastic care that Steve received”.

Money raised will go to the oncology and haematology departments at RSH to fund a new treatment room in Steve's name.

Treatment

Steve's widow Susan said: "Steve was a wonderful husband and a loving father and stepfather to Myles, Olivia and Elliot.

"He never once faltered in his pure determination to conquer this cruel disease, and resume normal life again.

"Receiving treatment at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and a bone marrow transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, consultants and nursing staff alike soon began to recognise the unique bravery and relentless positivity Steve showed throughout his intense treatment.

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"Even in his darkest of days, he would be on top of his game.

“Our aim now is to help fund a new treatment room in Steve's name so that more people can be treated with the same fantastic care that Steve received whilst fighting his valiant battle.

“Steve was a thoughtful and kind man with a sense of humour and a very forward thinking attitude to resolving any given situation.

"Through our fundraising we will honour his name by our continuous efforts to fulfil his legacy in finding a cure.”

Anyone wishing to support the fundraising effort can visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bluesky

Sally Hodson, operations manager for oncology and haematology at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs RSH, said: “This is a wonderful gesture from Steve’s family and friends and we would like to thank them and the Blue Sky Foundation for thinking of us.”

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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