Double honour for footballing heroes

15th July 2013

The Blades have awarded one of the city's largest employers the use of an executive box at Bramall Lane, to say thank you for raising thousands of pounds at a charity football tournament.

Staff from Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) raised £6,000 by entering two teams into Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's Team of Steel Cup in May. Twenty teams from the across the region took part in the fundraiser at The Lane for the Cancer Charity's 'Do Your Bit Campaign', which is raising money to provide a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital. Legends from both Sheffield United FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC, including David Holdsworth, David Hirst, Lawrie Madden, John Pearson, Glynn Hodges and Bobby Davison, also took part. Dave McCarthy, Sheffield United operations director said: -The event was a great success; the sun was shining and all the teams and legends competed with great spirit. -United wanted to thank the team that raised the most money and so we have presented Sheffield Forgemasters with the use of an executive box for the first game of the season, as collectively they raised a huge amount. Overall the football tournament raised £25,000, which will be doubled to £50,000 by not-for-profit health insurance provider Westfield Health. Westfield's Charitable Trust has pledged £350,000 to the campaign - its biggest ever single donation, kick-starting the campaign with £100,000 and then matching all Do Your Bit donations pound-for-pound, up to a further £250,000. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise £1.5million in total this year in order to fund a wide range of projects that support pioneering cancer research and help to improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer. The new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital will allow patients access to a wider range of new cutting edge anti-cancer treatments, as well as enabling significant development of the hospital's ground-breaking programme of clinical trials. Tina Harrison, acting deputy director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: -We are very thankful to the Blades, and Dave McCarthy in particular, for all the hard work and co-operation in staging this event. It's great to see them continue their support with this gift to Forgemasters. -Dave has worked tirelessly with the Cancer Charity over a number of years and so we have officially asked him to become a patron. Accepting the honour, a stunned and delighted Dave said: -Having witnessed firsthand through family members' illnesses the superb work that everyone in the hospital delivers, I am extremely honoured to be asked to join the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity 'family' and become a patron. The 47 year-old father-of-two added: -I hope to be able to use my background in sport and business to raise even more money and awareness of this special charity and it would be great if this tournament become an annual event. Dave started his career playing football in England and went abroad for three seasons. He then spent 15 years in non-league football management whilst forging a business career and has spent the last five years working for the Blades in operations overseas and at Bramall Lane. For more information on the Cancer Charity's Do Your Bit campaign, or to find out more about the charity, visit www.do-your-bit.org.uk or call the charity office on 0114 226 5370.

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