Family, former patients, and ex-colleagues have paid tribute to a top cancer doctor who saved many children’s lives at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Retired consultant Mary Gerrard, from Broomhill, died suddenly and unexpectedly, after contracting coronavirus, at home on March 7, aged 70.

She hit the nation’s television screens in the late 80s when she was one of the medics who appeared in the BBC documentary series ‘Inside the Hospital’.

Loved ones paid tribute to Mary at a packed funeral at Aston Hall today, with messages read out from patients whose lives had been saved after they had been treated for childhood cancer, and also from bereaved parents whose children she had treated.

Mary was the first specialist children’s cancer doctor at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. She joined as a single specialist in the 1980s and was responsible for establishing and developing the Oncology Department, which is now one of 22 UK Principal Treatment Centres for children with cancer.

Neuroblastoma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma expert

She was a lead investigator for international trials in neuroblastoma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma until her retirement in 2010.

A tribute from Sheffield Children’s Hospital trust said: “Many of the current haematology and oncology team were trained by Mary and worked with her – valuing her knowledge, advice and support.

“Colleagues, patients, and their families alike remember Mary as “a formidable patient advocate,” “an influential holistic paediatrician,” and “a kind and supportive colleague and friend.”

Mary was buried at the South Yorkshire Woodland Burial Ground.

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