Golfer Danny and actor Dean swing it for charity

ROTHERHAM golfer Danny Willett and actor Dean Andrews got in the swing of fund-raising and helped tee up £60,000 for good causes.

The reigning US Masters champion and Life on Mars mainstay were among of the star players at the Dan Walker Golf Day, which was organised by the BBC sport presenter for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The third annual “Walker Cup (not that one)” held at the Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield, was also attended by dozens of celebrities including Ryder Cup players Danny and Matt Fitzpatrick, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, footballer Alan Shearer and top jockey Sir AP McCoy.

It aimed to raise funds for a new multi-purpose Fluoroscopy System for the hospital, a life-saving piece of equipment which is used to obtain real-time moving X-rays.

The proposed machine is the best available for the timely diagnosis and treatment of vascular trauma injuries and operates with as little radiation as possible, meaning the process is as safe as it can possibly be.  

And Dean had the last laugh as his team representing  EES Renewables won the team challenge.

The individual winner of the day was John Sansby and former Manchester United football player, David May, topped the individual celebrity league.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this year's event possible,” said Dan.

“As a Dad myself I know just how vital the services that Sheffield Children's Hospital provide are and it was fantastic to see everyone out on the course getting behind such a brilliant charity.

“To have Matt and Danny here three weeks before they make their Ryder Cup debuts is amazing.

“They might be golfing superstars but it’s proof they are still grounded Yorkshiremen at heart.”

Rebecca Staden, fundraising manager for The Children's Hospital Charity said, “Last year Dan's golf day raised over £34,000 for a 3T MRI scanner which has already helped hundreds of children with very serious conditions.

“Not only was this year's event incredibly fun but through the generosity of the players, supporters and sponsors alike Dan has managed to smash his previous grand total. We’re so proud of him.”