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Steel Cup raises more than £30k

29 May 2013

Sheffield footballing legends put club rivalries aside to help raise tens of thousands of pounds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

The former Blades and Owls players laced up their boots on Sunday for the Cancer Cancer Charity's Team of Steel five-a-side football tournament held at Bramall Lane.

Twenty teams took part on the day, including groups from Sheffield Forgemasters, Doncaster College, Ask4 and Westfield Health.

Tina Harrison, acting deputy director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: "The tournament was a great success - the sun was shining and there was a real fun and jovial atmosphere at the Lane.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to Sheffield United who made the day possible - their support has been absolutely wonderful and we can't thank them enough.

"Sponsor money is still coming in but early indications show the event has raised more than £15,000 which will be doubled by Westfield Health - so more than £30,000 will have been raised for our Do Your Bit campaign, which is incredible."

The campaign is raising money to provide a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital and has received support from not-for-profit health insurance provider, Westfield Health, whose Charitable Trust donated £100,000 to kick-start the campaign and is matching Do Your Bit donations pound-for-pound, up to a further £250,000.

The jubilant winners were Re-United FC - a team of childhood friends who wanted to do their bit for the charity as they have all had family members affected by cancer.

An emotional Re-United FC player, Lee Worrall, 30 from Aughton, said: "The win means so much to us all, it's massive. My dad Richard has recently been treated at Weston Park Hospital and is now in remission, so we will be having a huge celebration today."

In the final, Re-United FC beat Novus - a team of construction workers who had travelled from Birmingham to take part. Like all great nail-biting finals the match, overseen by premiership assistant ref Adrian Holmes, went down to penalties.

The United legends team, which included David Holdsworth, Paul Beesley, Lee Walshaw, and Steve Charles, made it through to the second round, whilst the Wednesday legends team, which included David Hirst, Lawrie Madden, Greg Fee and Tony Gregory, made it through to the third round.

Paul Beesley said: "The team at Weston Park do a marvellous job; I've been through cancer with my father so I'm happy to do anything to help support the charity."

David Hirst added: "The rivalry is still there! We were all laughing at lunch as we noticed we were all on separate tables, but we managed to share the same dressing room, there were no diva antics!"

"It's been a fantastic day; everybody has played in top spirits for a great cause."

Doncaster sisters Kelly Redfern, Lorraine Cooper and Vivienne Cowan were in the crowd cheering on the Doncaster College team. The sisters recently lost their father, Andrew Redfern, to cancer and the siblings, along with their mum, Patricia Redfern, made a half-time cheque presentation to the Cancer Charity for £900.

Kelly, an administrator at Doncaster College, said: "My father passed away in March and since then we have been raising money for the charity through raffles, book sales and we held a funeral collection.

"My dad couldn't speak more highly of Weston Park, it's a great place. Even though it's a place to go and get treatment it's just really nice and the staff are very open, honest and supportive. He was treated as a person, not as a patient.

"This was our first bit of fundraising for the charity and now we're looking to do the Light the Night sponsored walk in September. None of us are football fans but we've had a great day, it's quite honouring sitting in Bramall Lane, a well known stadium, and looking up to the Jessica Ennis stand."

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is aiming to make the Team of Steel competition an annual event and hopes to attract more teams next year.

The new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital will allow patients access to a wider range of new cutting edge anti-cancer treatments, as well as enabling significant development of the hospital's ground-breaking programme of clinical trials.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise £1.5million in total this year in order to fund a wide range of projects that support pioneering cancer research and help to improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer.

The hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and provides cancer care to a population of nearly 1.8million people from all across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

To find out more details about the charity, or to get involved, visit or call the Cancer Charity office on 0114 226 5370.

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