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Sheffield day of cricket raises cash in Fred’s memory

James Clark, Chris Wilder and Vicky Clark at the charity match
James Clark, Chris Wilder and Vicky Clark at the charity match

A day of cricket celebrated the lives of two men and the care shown to them by NHS workers.

Vicki and Dan Willis are bowled over by the success of their cricket fundraiser which raised hundreds of pounds for Sheffield Hospitals’ Charity.

The couple both lost their fathers to sepsis- Fred Clark in September last year, aged 65, and Mick Willis in March 2018, aged 62.

To say thank you for Fred’s care at the Northern General and Royal Hallamshire Hospitals, they hosted The Fred Clark Charity Day, arranged by Anston Cricket Club.

Big Unitedites Vicky and her brother, James, were delighted that Sheffield United FC Manager Chris Wilder turned up to play in an opposing team.

Vicki said: “My dad, Fred was diagnosed with bladder cancer in June last year. He suffered a number of setbacks, one of which was pneumonia which manifested into sepsis. The sepsis rapidly progressed and he passed away soon after.

“Mick, who was treated in Bradford, also had underlying health problems before being diagnosed with the condition. They were both very ill men, but were made as comfortable as possible.

“I'd not really heard of sepsis and wasn’t aware of its seriousness. Both my dad and Mick deteriorated quickly.

“The last year has been draining, with dark times for everyone involved. The one good thing was the care and treatment both men received from the NHS.

“Emotionally, it has been the toughest year we've ever had to deal with. We've been extremely grateful to everyone who helped us organise the charity day. “

To donate funds to enhance care in Sheffield’s adult hospitals, visit www.sheffieldhospitalscharity/donate or call 0114 226 7351.