Valley Parade honour for burns unit pioneer surgeon

Prof David Sharpe

Prof David Sharpe

First published in News

The man who played the key role in setting up a symbol of hope in the aftermath of the Bradford City fire is to be honoured on the Valley Parade pitch.

Professor David Sharpe founded the Burns Unit at the University of Bradford after seeing the devastation caused by the disaster in 1985.

Now, his contribution to the unit’s beginnings and its success – as well as its close association with Bradford City Football Club, will be honoured in a ceremony on the pitch at Valley Parade during half-time at the Bantams’ last home game of the season, against Crawley Town on April 26.

As part of the ceremony, Prof Sharpe will be presented with a testimonial volume including memories and appreciations of the work of the unit over the years, and his role within it.

Prof Sharpe recently retired following a distinguished career as director of the University of Bradford Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit.

He was inspired to create the unit after he led the surgical response to the fire. Plastic surgeons from around the UK were drafted in, and on the Monday after the fire Prof Sharpe and his team began treating the wounded.

They operated on about 25 people that first day, and 80 patients needed skin grafts that week.

Since then, the unit has become a centre of excellence for research and good practice, despite receiving no public funding and being reliant on donations. An appeal in 2011, orchestrated by Bradford City Football Club and backed by the Telegraph & Argus to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, raised £167,775.37 to ensure the mid-term future of the unit.

That appeal, said Prof Sharpe, would allow the unit to continue for another five to ten years. It was kicked off by City’s co-director Mark Lawn and the then-manager Stuart McCall in August 2009, and was run by the club’s operations director David Baldwin.

McCall’s dad, Andy, was injured in the fire.

In 1995, a Telegraph & Argus appeal raised £105,000 – more than double the original £50,000 target – that kept the unit going for another three years.

Also, at the Crawley game next month, the Bantams’ annual collection for the unit will take place. And Prof Sharpe’s successor as director of the unit, plastic surgeon Ajay Mahajan, will be at the match.

If anyone has any material they think could be used in the volume that will be presented to Prof Sharpe, or if you want more information on the project, contact info@bcfcsupporters board.co.uk or Professor Sharpe Testimonial Volume, c/o Supporters’ Board, BCFC, Valley Parade, Bradford, BD8 7DY.

Contributions need to be submitted by March 31, and must include contact details such as phone number and email address.

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6:21am Sat 8 Mar 14

mr.bradford says...

Very well deserved.
Very well deserved. mr.bradford
  • Score: 18

8:45am Sat 8 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Great guy he treated my father after the fire.
Great guy he treated my father after the fire. Joedavid
  • Score: 15

10:08am Sat 8 Mar 14

Banni2 says...

This man is a true hero.
This man is a true hero. Banni2
  • Score: 12

10:45am Sat 8 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

Echo all the comments above.

And RIP the 56.
Echo all the comments above. And RIP the 56. The Hoffster
  • Score: 11

10:56am Sat 8 Mar 14

yezboss says...

A brilliant surgeon and a thoroughly nice man too.
A brilliant surgeon and a thoroughly nice man too. yezboss
  • Score: 11

11:27am Sat 8 Mar 14

Outraged English Subject says...

An outstanding person, he treated my Daughter.
An outstanding person, he treated my Daughter. Outraged English Subject
  • Score: 10

11:28am Sat 8 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Surely the Freedom of the City of Bradford should be bestowed on Professor David Sharpe.

A great touch from a great football club!!!! CTID. I'd also like to thank all the other Bradfordians including many many Bulls fans and folk from further afield who don't support the club but have always supported the Bradford Burns Unit so generously!!
Surely the Freedom of the City of Bradford should be bestowed on Professor David Sharpe. A great touch from a great football club!!!! CTID. I'd also like to thank all the other Bradfordians including many many Bulls fans and folk from further afield who don't support the club but have always supported the Bradford Burns Unit so generously!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 12

11:28am Sat 8 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Surely the Freedom of the City of Bradford should be bestowed on Professor David Sharpe.

A great touch from a great football club!!!! CTID. I'd also like to thank all the other Bradfordians including many many Bulls fans and folk from further afield who don't support the club but have always supported the Bradford Burns Unit so generously!!
Surely the Freedom of the City of Bradford should be bestowed on Professor David Sharpe. A great touch from a great football club!!!! CTID. I'd also like to thank all the other Bradfordians including many many Bulls fans and folk from further afield who don't support the club but have always supported the Bradford Burns Unit so generously!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 8

6:43pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Surely the Freedom of the City of Bradford should be bestowed on Professor David Sharpe.

A great touch from a great football club!!!! CTID. I'd also like to thank all the other Bradfordians including many many Bulls fans and folk from further afield who don't support the club but have always supported the Bradford Burns Unit so generously!!
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Surely the Freedom of the City of Bradford should be bestowed on Professor David Sharpe. A great touch from a great football club!!!! CTID. I'd also like to thank all the other Bradfordians including many many Bulls fans and folk from further afield who don't support the club but have always supported the Bradford Burns Unit so generously!![/p][/quote]Well said. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 7

1:14pm Sun 9 Mar 14

bdsixer says...

the year before the BCFC tragedy I had an accident at my garage resulting in severe burns to both hands,arms and face, the fortunate thing was I got treated at St Lukes Hospital by Dr Sharpe and his excellent team and made a full recovery.. I was also at that fatal game on that tragic day, so it goes without saying how grateful I am to have been treat by this man and his fantastic team of doctors and nurses…WELL DESERVED AND THANK YOU
the year before the BCFC tragedy I had an accident at my garage resulting in severe burns to both hands,arms and face, the fortunate thing was I got treated at St Lukes Hospital by Dr Sharpe and his excellent team and made a full recovery.. I was also at that fatal game on that tragic day, so it goes without saying how grateful I am to have been treat by this man and his fantastic team of doctors and nurses…WELL DESERVED AND THANK YOU bdsixer
  • Score: 4

11:23am Mon 10 Mar 14

neilkilner says...

Well deserved!!

This man should receive a national honour for his pioneering treatments and procedures which are now used throughout the world....

Nominate him below....

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Well deserved!! This man should receive a national honour for his pioneering treatments and procedures which are now used throughout the world.... Nominate him below.... https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/271574 /Nom_Form__Revised_S ept_2013_.doc neilkilner
  • Score: 0

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