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£24k Blades boost for cancer charity

23 February 2016

A Sheffield cancer charity has been presented with a cheque for a donation of more than £24,000 by Sheffield United, raised at the Club's charity gala dinner.


It was presented by the Blades to the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity at the Club's game against Port Vale at Bramall Lane, the funds being raised in various ways at the dinner held at Chatsworth House.


Items auctioned off on the evening included a 1973 green Land Rover donated by lifelong Blades fan and Hollywood actor Sean Bean, which sold for more than £8,000.


Other lots 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 dinner featured performances by renowned singer, pianist and model, Myleene Klass, world-famous Tenor John Hudson,
Sheffield-born singing star, Paul Pashley, and the 2013 BBC Chorister of the Year, Ella Taylor - also from Sheffield.


The final figure raised was confirmed as £24,135.45 and a cheque was presented by the Club to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Director Samantha Kennedy.


Sheffield United Operations Director and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity patron, Dave McCarthy, said: "It's extremely rewarding to have been able to present this amount to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.


"As a community-focused football club, we at Sheffield United place great importance in supporting regional charities which do so much and help so many people.


"We hope that the money we and everybody else raised at our charity gala dinner makes a real difference to a charity which changes lives, every day."


Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Deputy Director, Tina Harrison, said: "The Sheffield United Gala Dinner was a magnificent event which went on to raise such an incredible amount of money for the cancer charity.


"We simply cannot thank Sheffield United Football Club enough, as well as the people who attended for their utmost generosity and support of our vital work.


"We are completely overwhelmed to have received this cheque for £24,000 from the dinner, which will go towards helping us to transform the lives of cancer patients across Sheffield and beyond.


"The donation will help fund 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."


For more information visit wphcancercharity.org.uk


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