A GOLF day organised by a cancer patient in support of the Sheffield hospital that saved his life has raised £17,800.
John Price, aged 57, of Sandygate Road, organised the event at Hallamshire Golf Course, with his wife, Anne, in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Sons Harry and James made it a family affair by also helping on the day.
The day had a pink theme to highlight that cancer is indiscriminate and affects men, women and children of all ages.
A total of 53 teams of four took part, with each player given a pink umbrella, polo shirt and cap in return for a donation and teams were photographed on the first tee ‘in the pink’
John said it was “unbelievable” that such a “fantastic” amount was raised.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a big success – the main sponsors Irwin Mitchell and main supporters Westfield Health, all the players, everyone who helped on the day and all the businesses who supported us.
“We are now looking forward to next year’s golf day which will have a red and black Dennis the Menace theme. There will be black and red striped tops and I want to see as many of the players as possible in black curly wigs. We chose the Dennis the Menace theme as we will be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Weston Park Hospital.”
John was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1998 and suffered secondary cancers three years later.
“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.”
Charity director Rachel Thorpe said: “The support from John and his family is nothing short of incredible. To have raised such a fantastic amount is a wonderful achievement and we are extremely grateful to them and to everyone who supported the event.”