Film and television star Sean Bean has overwhelmed organisers of a unique event raising funds for a cancer charity.
The star of Game of Thrones, Sharpe and Lord of the Rings was asked by Sheffield United, the Football League club he has supported since childhood, if he would provide an auction item for a gala dinner the Blades are organising to raise vital funds for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Sean stunned everyone by donating his 1973 green Land Rover, which has been 'personalised' with his signatures and self-penned Blades motifs, for auction at the event at the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's Chatsworth House stately home on Sunday (6th December).
"When we made the request to Sean we anticipated getting some signed memorabilia, never did we imagine that Sean would provide his very own Land Rover," said Operations Director Dave McCarthy.
"It is a remarkable gesture by Sean to help us to support a charity where he is a trustee," added Dave.
The vehicle will be auctioned at the event which will see many of Sheffield United's directors, vice presidents, sponsors and staff along with representatives of the hospital and the charity supporting.
However, bids can also be made online in the lead-up to the event. The Land Rover, following clean-up, is on show at Club sponsors John Holland. The prestige car specialists will display it at their showroom at Meadowhall Riverside, Sheffield where visitors can see it at first hand and decide if they wish to make a bid or register their interest to Mr McCarthy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0114 253 7200.
"The event is part of the Club's continuing support and relationship with a number of locally based charities representing Breast Cancer Care, Neurocare, Sheffield Children's Hospital, St Luke's and Bluebell Wood Hospice," added Dave.
Samantha Kennedy, Charity Director at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: "We are incredibly honoured to be involved in this prestigious dinner in association with The Board at Sheffield United Football Club, who the charity has had the pleasure of working alongside now for many years.
"The event will be a unique dinner held at a stunning venue in the Peak District, bringing together people influential supporters of the club plus some well-known faces. Sheffield United Football Club are valued supporters of the cancer charity's work and we are incredibly proud to be involved in this joint venture as they pledge their support for years to come."
"We are also very thankful to Charity Patron, Sean Bean, for donating his Land Rover, which will hopefully raise even more money for such worthy causes across the region."
Mark Holland, owner of John Holland, said: "We have been delighted to help out and hopefully it will attract the interest of buyers who will be helping and support such a wonderful charity."
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for the Sheffield-based hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer.
Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire - a population of almost 1.8million people.