Singular success for Walk as One

Sheffield, UK. A family takes part in the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's 5k 'Walk as One' event held today (Sunday) at Don Valley Statium. The event saw participants from all walks of life walk 5k to raise money, and the event was opened by Sheffield born ex Holloaks actor Jay Khan. 16-10-2011 - Tim Goode
Sheffield, UK. A family takes part in the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's 5k 'Walk as One' event held today (Sunday) at Don Valley Statium. The event saw participants from all walks of life walk 5k to raise money, and the event was opened by Sheffield born ex Holloaks actor Jay Khan. 16-10-2011 - Tim Goode
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FAMILIES and friends, patients and nurses, young and old - they all stepped out as one to raise money for cancer care in Sheffield.

More than 350 people joined Weston Park Cancer Hospital Charity’s annual 5km Walk as One event at Don Valley stadium.

And everyone’s aim was a simple one - to raise money for the cancer hospital which has become so important to so many.

The oldest participant, 92-year-old Douglas Longstaff, from Carbrook, Sheffield, told The Star: “I’m here with my son, my grandson, and his girlfriend. My wife Kathleen died from cancer at the age 83, and her mother and three sisters all died from cancer as well.

“I’m trying to help the hospital as much as I can.”

Douglas and his son John, 62, raised £500 through sponsorship, which will go towards the total sum raised by the event, which organisers hope will beat last year’s £30,000.

Paul Knight, one of the organisers, said: “It’s a great event, attended by all sorts of people. We’ve got patients, their friends and families, people walking in memory of a loved one, and members of the public who just want to support us.”

Also among the walkers was Mary Hobart, 65, from North Anston, walking with daughter-in-law Ally Hobart, 33, and friend Anne Clarke, 47.

Mary said: “My husband and I have both had cancer, were both treated at Weston Park, and we both survived. Without Weston Park we wouldn’t be here.”

Anne added: “Mary and I walked this last year with our friend Anne-Marie Blake, who passed away in July from cancer. She was a wonderful woman and we are walking with her very much in our minds.”

Supporting the event were retired Premier League referee Uriah Rennie and Sheffield-born former Hollyoaks actor Jay Khan.

Uriah said: “I’m really excited to be here and help out. What an atmosphere.”

Jay, who grew up in Tinsley, added: “It’s been a brilliant day and I’m thrilled to have been involved.”