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Blades boost for cancer charity

9 December 2015

A Sheffield United gala dinner was a 'Klass' act, raising thousands of pounds for a local cancer charity.


The event, organised by Sheffield United FC and hospital volunteer Julie Pickering, was held in support of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity (WPHCC).


A highlight of the evening was a performance from world-renowned singer, pianist and model Myleene Klass.


The former Loose Women star performed several numbers on the piano and addressed the 160 guests at Chatsworth House, who were also treated to a look round the stately home's Christmas exhibition and a drinks reception in the Painted Hall.


After her performance, United co-chairman Kevin McCabe presented a delighted Myleene with United children's strips for her two youngsters, Hero and Ava. She had interrupted her broadcasting commitments for Classic FM to support Sheffield United and the charity.


During the evening an auction raised more than £20,000, which included £8,000 from the sale of Sean Bean's green 1973 Land Rover.


The Hollywood actor, who is a patron of the charity and a lifelong Blade, donated the vehicle for auction and it was delivered to John Holland Sales' showroom, where it had been on display.


Derbyshire businessman Chris Miller was the successful bidder, saying: "I can't believe I now own Sean's vehicle. It needs a bit of work but it'll be a fantastic project to work on."


Other items auctioned included holidays to the Maldives and Las Vegas, a special framed canvas of the latest Joe Scarborough painting which depicts Bramall Lane and various items of memorabilia.


The night also featured performances from world-famous tenor John Hudson - who has previously performed at the Prince of Wales' 50th birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace - as well as Sheffield-born singing star Paul Pashley and the 2013 BBC Chorister of the Year, Ella Taylor, also from Sheffield.


Sheffield United Operations Director and Weston Park patron, Dave McCarthy, said: "This was a spectacular event that will stay long in the memory. Events like this really do make a difference for charities such as Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity - not just in terms of the money given, but the awareness raised.


"It's absolutely crucial for local organisations and football clubs such as Sheffield United to support charities like the Weston Park Hospital and we are pleased we could raise so much money on what was a special evening.


Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Deputy Director, Tina Harrison said: "The Sheffield United Gala Dinner was a magical event which has raised an outstanding amount for the cancer charity.


"We are completely overwhelmed to have raised such a large amount from the dinner and we are very proud to continue working in partnership with Sheffield United Football Club which, through its continued support, is helping us to transform the lives of cancer patients across Sheffield and beyond.


"The money raised will go towards funding various projects within Weston Park Hospital; including the expansion of research studies, improving the way cancer treatments are delivered and supporting the ongoing care provisions of patients and their families affected by cancer in our region."