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Festive fun for charities at Blades Christmas dinner

22 December 2015

Sheffield United players and staff served up a Christmas treat for charities across the region.

They were part of the Blades' spreading of festive cheer when Bramall Lane staged the Club's annual charity dinner.

Representatives from 17 charities attended the event, joining first-team players, management, coaches, Club officials, sponsors and VIP's in Bramall Lane's Platinum Suite, in the stadium's South Stand. Players and the manager signed autographs.

The lunch, which attracted 300 guests, was hosted by Hallam FM drive-time presenter Simon Morykin, who introduced entertainment from Dylan Thompson of the charity Brathay Trust, who performed whilst a three-course meal was served to guests, invited by the various charities. American acting and singing star Maxwell Schneider, known only as MAX, also entertained guests.

United's Operations Director, Dave McCarthy, said: "The idea behind this event was simple - just to have a nice Christmas dinner all together, allow guests of the charities to meet the players and staff and vice-versa, to set us all up of for the big day on the 25th.

"In the past 12 months we have worked with all these charities in various ways, such as staging stadium sleep outs, legends football matches, bucket collections, gala dinners, auctions and charity ticket offers, as well as the sale of players' shirts on eBay after special games.

"It was a wonderful occasion and I'd like to thank everybody for coming, including the performers for giving up their time, and of course our superb catering and hospitality partner Compass, Greene King and Redtooth for providing everything for the Christmas dinner.

"We take our responsibility to the local community extremely seriously at Sheffield United and are proud to work with so many charities across the region and not only help raise funds, but awareness of their work, and long may that continue!."

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity was one of the charities represented at the special lunch. Deputy Director, Tina Harrison, said, "We were incredibly honoured to be invited to Sheffield United's Christmas Dinner and it was a truly fantastic way for the club and players to showcase their incredible support of local charities.

"Sheffield United has gone above and beyond in its support of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity over the years and it was a privilege to join them as they celebrated their successes and continued support at this special event."

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