Golfers set to put in effort to raise cash for Sheffield hospital

Ex-England footballer Chris Waddle, and Director of the Cross Scythes Stuart Hitchman
Ex-England footballer Chris Waddle, and Director of the Cross Scythes Stuart Hitchman

A kind-hearted businessman has challenged ex-Sheffield Wednesday and England player Chris Waddle and a team of golfers to raise £10,000 by playing 100 holes of golf in one day.

If the team raises the cash the businessman, who wants to remain anonymous, has pledged to donate another £10,000.

Ex-England footballer Chris Waddle, and Director of the Cross Scythes Stuart Hitchman

Ex-England footballer Chris Waddle, and Director of the Cross Scythes Stuart Hitchman

All the money raised will go to Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield – the city’s specialist cancer hospital, which treats patients from across South Yorkshire.

The businessman is an associate of Stuart Hitchman, director of The Cross Scythes gastropub and hotel, in Totley, Sheffield, who is also taking part in the golf challenge.

A team of eight golfers are taking part in the event at Abbeydale Golf Course on Friday, July 17.

They expect to walk around 30 miles as they progress around the course on the day.

In an attempt to meet the £10,000 target members of the public have been invited to lend their support on the day and bid to be a caddy for a hole, round or the whole day.

Stuart said it would be staggering to be able to hand over £20,000 to the cancer hospital, which is one of just four specialist facilities in England and has 7,000 patients referred for treatment every year.

“A business associate of mine who would rather remain anonymous has offered £10,000 to support me during this charity event.

“We just have to raise £10,000 and he will double it,” added Stuart.

“I’m absolutely astounded at this extremely generous offer and grateful to the donor in question.

“It’s an extremely worthwhile cause and I know Weston Park Hospital will be grateful for any donation but one this size will help immeasurably. I urge everyone to help out as much as they can to help us reach the £10,000 mark.”