Charity golf day to raise hospice cash

A CHARITY group set up in memory of a football fan who died of cancer is hoping to raise big money for Rotherham Hospice — by playing golf.

Friends of Yellowman — created in tribute to Sheffield United fan David Middleton who was well-known for wearing a bright yellow jumper — will be holding their fourth annual charity golf day on May 6.

David was diagnosed with terminal gallbladder cancer in May 2012 and treated at at the hospice.

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The group has taken part in “bush-tucker” trials, a Kilimanjaro climb, a Blades’ Legends versus Brampton Old Boys football match, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the Sheffield Half Marathon, the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast cycle route and charity golf days, amongst others.

This year’s charity golf day will take place at College Pines Golf Club inWorksop.

Local and national brands have signed up as prize table sponsors, including Sheffield United, Rotherham United, Rotherham Titans, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield FC, professional footballer Paddy Kenny, The English Provender Company, College Pines Golf Course, Santander Bank and Barclays Bank which will double the amount raised on the day.

Brian Robbins, Friends of Yellowman trustee and golf day organiser, said: “Over the past three years we have raised more than £8,600 for the hospice from just our charity golf days.

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“We would like to completely cover the cost of the design and landscaping of the memorial garden, where loved ones may spend time together in a tranquil setting, as well as provide sufficient funds for its future upkeep.

“If funds permit, we will continue to support the hospice on other projects. For example, in 2015 we funded the purchase of a number of orthopaedic mattresses for the whole unit and also donated money into their general account.

“This year, I am particularly excited about the fact that Barclays Bank has offered to match-fund what we raise at our charity golf day, and therefore double the donation to Rotherham Hospice. 

“We are very grateful to a host of local and national businesses who have provided generous prizes and teams for the event.”

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This year’s event includes a meal after the game. Team prizes are available up to at least eight places, and up to 12 individual hole opportunities, ranging from nearest the pin, nearest the pin after two shots, straightest drive, and longest drive.

If interested in competing, contact Mr Robbins on 07918679697.