John tees up another golf day for hospital

CANCER patient John Price is organising another golf day in aid of the hospital that saved his life.

With the help of wife Anne, he stepped in at short notice last year to rescue the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Golf Day when it looked as though the event was unable to go ahead.

It raised £9,600 and proved so popular that John, aged 56, of Sandygate, is teeing up again, with 53 teams of four playing at Hallamshire Golf Club on July 8.

John, who has a plumbing business, took part in a clinical trial at Weston Park Hospital when he was diagnosed with secondary cancers in 2001 after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1998.

He said: “The experimental drug that was part of the clinical trial I underwent saved my life. I have supported Weston Park Hospital ever since as a small way of saying thank you for the extra time I have been afforded with my family. When I heard that the golf day was in doubt, I immediately stepped up and volunteered to take it on.”

This year’s golf day has a pink theme – usually associated with breast cancer. “I wanted a pink theme to highlight that cancer is an indiscriminate disease that affects men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds.”

Anne, an administrator for the cancer charity, is helping again, and son Harry will be running the bar and barbecue. Their other son, James, is a doctor, who has worked at Weston park. Main sponsors on July 8 are Irwin Mitchell, and all entrants will be given a pink umbrella by Westfield Health.

John, who is still a patient at Weston Park, is looking for more sponsors and donations, and has already been given a boost by Otto Damahi, of the Mediterranean restaurant in Sharrowvale Road, Hunters Bar, who is donating the whole restaurant on the evening of June 21. Customers will be asked to make a donation to Weston Park in lieu of paying for their meal.