Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday fans raise big money for local cancer charity

Owls and Blades fans raised more than £4,600 for cancer patients and their families at the Steel City Derby.

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 6:02 pm

The match, which took place at Hillsborough earlier this month, was used to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

In total, fans from both rival teams donated a whopping £4,656 via collection buckets and raffles on the night.

Wednesday stars Cameron Dawson, Steven Fletcher and Morgan Fox donated signed items as prizes.

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Samantha Dixon, the charity’s CEO, said: “It was an honour for Weston Park to be selected as the chosen charity partner at this year's Steel City derby and to be welcomed so generously by everyone at the club.

"We really can’t thank fans enough and have been overwhelmed by their generosity - this is one of the biggest fundraising totals we’ve seen in the history of our partnership with the club and we are absolutely delighted with the takeover success.

"Our thanks also go to our dedicated volunteers, who braved the weather to support us in our mission to create a better life for cancer patients across our region, and to our SWFC ambassadors, Steven Fletcher and Morgan Fox.

"Their pre-match visit to the hospital was a particular highlight and one which went a long way in making treatment a little bit brighter at a time when it’s needed the most.”

Weston Park ambassadors Fletcher and Fox visited the hospital in the week before the derby, greeting staff and patients.

The duo featured on the cover of the match day programme. Owls and Blades players wore warm-up t-shirts with charity logos to support the good cause too.