Dan Walker’s Star-Studded ‘Walker Cup’ Golf Day Returns For Children’s Hospital Charity

Sporting royalty and a host of celebrities are heading to the fairways today (Sept 12) to help TV sports presenter Dan Walker raise thousands to make Sheffield Children’s Hospital even better.

Westlife’s Brian McFadden, Sheffield’s squash world champion Nick Matthew OBE, Sheffield’s Ryder Cup golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick, jockey Sir AP McCoy, football legend Ian Wright and former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster are expected to be among the dozens of star names heading to the city to add lustre to Dan’s fourth ‘Walker Cup (Not that one)’ charity golf day.

BBC Breakfast & Football Focus presenter Dan is a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity and by rounding up his celebrity friends for a game at Sheffield’s stunning Hallamshire Golf Club, he has raised a staggering £132,000 since 2014.

Dan and his star players will each be leading teams made up of local business people. Each will be hoping for victory; there are big prizes at stake – including a Porsche 718 Boxster PDK for whoever gets a hole-in-one on the 9th, a star prize donated by Porsche Centre Sheffield.

But their most important goal, both on the greens and at a charity auction afterwards, is to raise as much money as possible for what is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK.

Last year’s event brought in over £60,000 for a Multipurpose Fluoroscopy System at the Children’s, which enables rapid diagnosis and surgical intervention without a child needing to go into the operating theatre.

This year, money raised will go towards the cost of a SPECT CT scanner, which will play a key role in the hospital’s delivery of nuclear medicine.

Currently three patients a day have to go through separate nuclear medicine Gamma Camera and CT scans.

The new equipment means the radiology department will be able to scan children with suspected cancerous tumours, epilepsy, painful injuries or neuro-disabilities using one highly advanced diagnostic device.

It means less discomfort during the scanning process, a faster diagnosis and swifter access to more tailored treatment.

David Vernon-Edwards, Director at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Each year Dan puts in a huge amount of time and energy into persuading his sports friends and colleagues into getting onboard for another golf day on our behalf. The rewards for us are enormous and we are so very grateful to him and everyone who supports the day. It really does make a difference for our patients and their families.”