Sheffield charity founder is in the running

David Simons in training.
David Simons in training.
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The founder of a Sheffield charity which helps people with cancer is continuing to support the good cause - by setting off on a run alongside a city football star.

David Simons will take part in the 10k race in aid of Cavendish Cancer Care with former Owls player Carlton Palmer, who has lent his name to the challenge, next month.

The former dentist set up Cavendish more than 20 years ago, and will be completing a route along the bridlepaths of Ecclesall Woods, starting at The Rising Sun pub on Abbey Lane.

“I wouldn’t take any odds against beating Carlton but I will give the run my very best shot,” said David, aged 73, who lives in Bakewell.

“It’s wonderful how many people are willing to do something out of the ordinary to support this great cause.

“Everyone walking or running on the day does so knowing they are making a real difference to the lives of local cancer patients and their families. Thanks to them we will be able to keep our doors open for patients present and future. I feel really proud to be taking part.”

Before establishing the charity, David divided his dentistry work with hypnosis, managing patients’ pain, anxiety and fears.

After noticing that many referrals were from doctors treating patients suffering from cancer, he decided to set up a service for people with the condition.

Visit for more information. Registration for the run costs £15.