Celebrities and sporting legends got into the swing of things for a fundraising charity golf day in Sheffield.
The event at Hallamshire Golf Club was organised by TV presenter Dan Walker to raise money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
“Today is a celebration of the wonderful sport of golf and is about helping a great hospital and a great cause,” said the Football Focus host, who lives in Hunters Bar, Sheffield.
“I’m amazed at everyone who is here and how far they’ve come to be here.”
The teams competing had the opportunity to play 18 holes with the likes of football icon Alan Shearer, horse racing legend AP McCoy and England cricketer Jimmy Anderson.
He said: “When she heard, my mum even said ‘Don’t take this the wrong way, but are you sure these people actually like you?’”
The event was helping to raise money towards new scanning equipment for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which will help youngsters with brain tumours.
The equipment allows surgeons to complete brain scans during surgery, saving the need to perform secondary operations.
The golf day was followed by an auction in the evening also aiming to raise money, where a holiday and tailor-made golf clubs and bags were up for grabs. However, the star item was undoubtedly a top from the Athletics World Championships in Beijing signed by Sheffield’s two-time world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.
“Days like this are good because it’s important for the hospital to have the scanning machine and help as many children as possible,” said Jess, who is also a hospital patron.
“I can’t play golf though – I’m just here supporting!”
Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton, who had previously filmed pieces in the hospital for Blue Peter, was among those taking part.
“We filmed at the Children’s Hospital and got to know the families there very well,” she said. “It’s an amazing hospital and this is a gorgeous course, so when Dan asked me to come it was a no-brainer.”
Hosting duties aside, Dan also had the added pressure of attempting to defend his title. But former England midfielder Trevor Sinclair didn’t fancy his chances, saying: “If I know Alan Shearer, he will be absolutely determined to win!”
Others taking part included former footballers Dean Ashton, Lee Dixon and Jon Newsome, cricketers Matthew Hoggard and Jimmy Anderson and Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray.