DAN WALKER’S STAR-STUDDED ‘WALKER CUP’ GOLF DAY RETURNS FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHARITY
Westlife’s Brian McFadden, Sheffield’s squash world champion Nick Matthew OBE, Sheffield’s Ryder Cup golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick, jockey Sir AP McCoy, football legend Ian Wright and former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster are expected to be among the dozens of star names heading to the city to add lustre to Dan’s fourth ‘Walker Cup (Not that one)’ charity golf day.
BBC Breakfast & Football Focus presenter Dan is a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity and by rounding up his celebrity friends for a game at Sheffield’s stunning Hallamshire Golf Club, he has raised a staggering £132,000 since 2014.
Dan and his star players will each be leading teams made up of local business people. Each will be hoping for victory; there are big prizes at stake - including a Porsche 718 Boxster PDK for whoever gets a hole-in-one on the 9th, a star prize donated by Porsche Centre Sheffield.
But their most important goal, both on the greens and at a charity auction afterwards, is to raise as much money as possible for what is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK.
Last year’s event brought in over £60,000 for a Multipurpose Fluoroscopy System at the Children’s, which enables rapid diagnosis and surgical intervention without a child needing to go into the operating theatre.
This year, money raised will go towards the cost of a SPECT CT scanner, which will play a key role in the hospital’s delivery of nuclear medicine.
Currently three patients a day have to go through separate nuclear medicine Gamma Camera and CT scans.
The new equipment means the radiology department will be able to scan children with suspected cancerous tumours, epilepsy, painful injuries or neuro-disabilities using one highly advanced diagnostic device.
It means less discomfort during the scanning process, a faster diagnosis and swifter access to more tailored treatment.
David Vernon-Edwards, Director at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Each year Dan puts in a huge amount of time and energy into persuading his sports friends and colleagues into getting onboard for another golf day on our behalf. The rewards for us are enormous and we are so very grateful to him and everyone who supports the day. It really does make a difference for our patients and their families.”
Dan Walker is pictured second from the right with stars from last year’s celebrity line-up for his version of ‘The Walker Cup: (LtoR), Sheffield cricketing legend Michael Vaughan, top jockey Sir AP McCoy, football legend Alan Shearer and Sheffield’s world squash champion Nick Matthew
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Notes to Editors:
- In 2012 the Charity launched its biggest appeal to date, the Make it Better appeal which aims to raise £10m regionally to transform the hospital. Lots of wards were built in the 1960s, the hospital is becoming increasingly cramped and there is limited outdoor space.
- The money raised by the appeal will help match the world class facilities with the existing world class care already received.
- The new development will deliver
- A brand new building:
- Easy to access and spacious outpatients department to help children feel more comfortable when visiting hospital.
- Three brand new wards with 66% single rooms, en suite facilities & parent beds, creating privacy and space to recover from treatment.
- Safe and secure external landscaped areas:
- Create stimulating sensory garden for children to get some fresh air
- Build an outdoor space for a reflection and respite.
- The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield is one of four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK. The hospital provides world class expertise caring for 245,000 patient journeys across the UK and beyond.
- The Children’s Hospital Charity makes The Children’s Hospital, based in Sheffield, even better. Money raised through donations buys life-saving equipment, funds vital research and treatment for thousands of children from across the world.