Former World Cup referee Howard Webb is urging people to use the new year as a chance to get fit - and raise cash for Sheffield’s specialist cancer hospital.
Rotherham-born Howard, who still lives in the town and officiated in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, is backing Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s ‘New Year, New You’ initiative.
Howard, who is a patron of the cancer charity, wants people to raise cash by completing sporting challenges through 2016.
The former Premier League referee has filmed some short video clips, available to view online, to encourage people to take part in a sporting activity or challenge in support of the cancer charity.
He said: “We all like to enjoy ourselves over Christmas and perhaps postpone getting fit until the New Year.
“The cancer charity’s ‘New Year, New You’ incentive offers people of all abilities and ages the chance to join scheduled events or dedicated clubs that will help them achieve their fitness goals whilst supporting those fighting cancer.
“I believe that not only does staying fit and healthy improve your well-being, but doing it for such a local, worthy cause makes it a win-win scenario.”
Charity fundraiser, Sarah Cross, said: “We are very grateful to Howard for launching our ‘New Year, New You’ initiative and encouraging those wanting to get fit this year to do so in support of the cancer charity.
“From our annual Run in the Park event to public events, we want everyone from beginners to experienced fitness fanatics to join Team Weston Park this year and vow to support our work.”
“The charity and hospital are facing a growing challenge with the expectation that by 2020, one in two of us are expected to be affected by cancer in our lifetime.
“It is only with the support of our dedicated fundraisers who take on selfless challenges for us that we can continue to support the hospital’s vital work and ensure more patients in our region can fight this disease.”
The charity raised over £1.8 million last year to support hospital projects.
To find out more about the cancer charity and how to support its work visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 2265370.