Sheffield United stars raise a mug to appeal

The Sheffield United squad raise their mugs during the Time For Tea party.
The Sheffield United squad raise their mugs during the Time For Tea party.
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It was a real Blades bake-off when Sheffield United staff and players held a charity tea party in aid of cancer patients.

The event at United’s training ground in Shirecliffe saw the first team squad, as well as manager Nigel Clough and his coaching team, enjoying tea, cakes and buns prepared by the players’ wives and girlfriends.

Proceeds from the party went to the city’s Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity as part of its Time For Tea campaign.

A judging panel featuring players Stefan Scougall, Jose Baxter, Matt Hill and coach Chris Morgan had the enviable task of tasting the sweet treats.

The chosen winner was Amanda Collins – wife of defender Neill Collins – who was handed a special trophy at the club’s player-of -the-year awards ceremony.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: “The players and management team really appreciated the efforts the wives and girlfriends went to.

“Everyone got into the spirit of the Time for Tea event, building the profile of the campaign and raising funds.”

Sarah Cross, fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “It’s fantastic how Sheffield United have got behind our Time for Tea campaign, in celebration of our 20th year.

“There was a great atmosphere at the party and the players seemed to enjoy judging the amazing cakes, baked by their wives and girlfriends. It must have been difficult to decide on the winning entry.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the club, and hope Blades fans across the region will be inspired to follow in the club’s footsteps and organise tea parties.”

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