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Blades extend charity partnerships

30 July 2015

Sheffield United will be working with and supporting two additional local charities in the forthcoming season.

The club selected Neurocare and Breast Cancer Care, from more than25 applications from a wide range of locally-based charities, to join the charity partnership the Blades have with Weston Park, Bluebell Wood, The Children's Hospital and St Luke's.

Sheffield United Operations Director Dave McCarthy, who leads on the Blades charity work, said: "We had some fantastic applications and it was great to read of the work the organisations do and how they wanted to work with us.

"Making a decision was really difficult as there are so many good charities out there. We are sure that we have selected two charities where our partnerships can make a real difference.

"We are sure there will be other opportunities to work with some of the other charities during the season."

Liz Barran, Director of Neurocare, said: "We are delighted to be selected as one of Sheffield United's nominated charities. We are looking forward to working together for the 2015/16 season and feel this partnership illustrates Sheffield United's commitment to the welfare of the their loyal supporters and the people of Sheffield."

Rosie Mellor, Community Fundraiser in the North and Midlands for Breast Cancer Care commented: "We are really excited to be working with Sheffield United over the coming season. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with such an iconic, local football club. We have lots of exciting activities planned with Sheffield United throughout the 2015/2016 season, and we are looking forward to spreading our message to such a large number of people."

- Neurocare raises money to buy lifesaving equipment for use in the Neuro wards of Sheffield's NHS Hospitals. It also funds research projects and specialist training so that people suffering from Neurological conditions can receive the best care available.

- Breast Cancer Care is the only UK wide support charity providing information and support to people affected by breast cancer.

Meanwhile, the Blades continue to raise funds for The Children's Hospital Charity ''Make it Better'' initiative and have added another £936 to the cause.

The funds were raised from various initiatives, including the auctioning of small pieces of the Bramall Lane pitch at the end of last season, a supporters' evening that raised more than £400 and a Bramall Lane staff cake sale for the charity's 'Make it Better' Day.

The fund was also boosted by a Blades supporters Paul and Penny Samson who wished to make a donation to the Children's Hospital via the Club. The proceeds were handed over to the charity's Corporate Fundraiser Tchad Western.

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