TV sports presenter signs up to back Sheffield charity

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A SPORTS presenter, reporter and commentator has been announced as the new patron of a Sheffield charity after he signed up in memory of his friend and mentor.

Rob Walker has joined Neurocare in honour of Martin Webster, a BBC executive producer for more than 30 years who died from motor neurone disease in 2005 aged just 56.

Rob said he wanted to join the charity which supports the neurosciences department at the Hallamshire Hospital in honour of the man who helped him in his own career.

He said: “Martin was the best in his field and instrumental in mentoring me through my career. He gave advice, but more importantly, he provided opportunities for me particularly at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where I reported on the sailing events.

“More people started to take me seriously after the Olympics and he was the one who opened that door for me.

“But more importantly than all the career advice and opportunities he gave people like me, he was just a great person to be around. He was funny with old fashioned values and a great laugh.

“There are others like me who Martin helped and we are all keen to do what we can in his memory.

“One of the reasons I wanted to become a Neurocare patron is that it’s a Sheffield-based charity and Martin was a very proud Sheffielder. It won’t bring him back but it’s a small way of passing on the good fortune I had being mentored by him.”

Neurocare chief executive Patricia Mitchell said: “We are delighted to have Rob on board as our new patron. He is enthusiastic about helping spread the word about Neurocare and we are looking forward to working with him.”