Dan Walker’s driving ambition to boost hospital funds

Sheffield-based TV presenter Dan Walker
Sheffield-based TV presenter Dan Walker

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker is to host a celebrity golf day in Sheffield to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.

Dan, who is a patron to The Children’s Hospital Charity, and friends are hoping to raise as much cash as possible for the hospital and Autism Plus.

It’s a first for the former University of Sheffield student who now lives in the city with his family.

He said: “I have been to many golf days over the years but this is the first time I have embarked upon organising one myself.

“The Children’s Hospital is an amazing place that changes and saves lives far beyond the boundaries of this great city. Kids from all over the world come to Sheffield to receive its expert care.

“I am a patron alongside others like Jessica Ennis-Hill, Lee Westwood and Michael Vaughan.

“Our plan is to try and make the quality of the hospital’s facilities match the quality of the care.

“Personally I would love to make this golf day bigger and better every year and if we can make a difference for one child, one family, then it’ll be well worth it.”

Each team of four will include a celebrity, making it a day to remember for all golfers taking part.

The likes of former footballers Alan Shearer, Phil Neville, Chris Kamara, Robbie Savage, Clayton Blackmore, Mark Lawrenson, Bryan Gunn, Neil Mellor and Dean Saunders will be joined by media personalities Helen Skelton, Rishi Persad, Andrew Cotter and Guy Mowbray.

Players from both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday are also expected to take part.

Each team will be assigned their celebrity at random on the day and the competition will begin with a shotgun start with prizes for the winning team, nearest the pin, longest drive, best dressed golfer, as well as some auction items to bid for.

Monies raised on the day will go towards The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal, which aims to create the best possible environment for children to get better more quickly, delivering world class facilities to match the world class expertise already provided.

Further details of the golf day will be released this week.