Sheffield campaign boosted by sporting lunch

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A host of sporting stars got together to raise thousands of pounds for a Sheffield cancer charity at a Christmas lunch.

The famous faces joined Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce for the luncheon at the Holiday Inn, Barnsley, supporting Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Christmas Star appeal, which is backed by The Star.

Boxers Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches attended the event, as well as Barnsley footballer Bobby Hassell, Owls players, Olympic swimmer Joe Roebuck and Superbikes rider Kingsley Ruddy.

Proceeds from ticket sales, a raffle and auction totalling £2,200, were handed to the appeal.

Carols were played throughout the meal by Chesterfield-based Ireland Collier Brass Band.

Guests were shown a poignant video featuring six-year-old patient Darcy Jo Burke, from Darfield, who has a terminal brain tumour and switched on the Christmas lights at Weston Park Hospital.

Cancer charity fundraiser Catherine Rhone said: “We are so grateful to the Chamber of Commerce for hosting this fantastic event and it was an honour to have so many well-known sporting faces attend and support our appeal.

“Money raised will help us towards funding world-class cancer research and treatments that will give more families the chance of spending more Christmases together.”

The Christmas Star appeal hopes to raise £15,000 throughout the festive season.

Visit to donate or call 0114 2265370.

Gifts can also be made by text message by sending WPCC13 followed by the donation amount – £1 to £3, £5 or £10 – to 70070.