Dan Walker Golf Day raises £40,000 for Emergency Department!
A star-studded celebrity golf day, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, has raised over £40,000 to help build a new Emergency Department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The fifth ‘Walker Cup (not that one)’ was held at the stunning Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield on September 18. It was attended by numerous celebrities including TV presenters Nick Knowles and Gethin Jones, snooker star John Parrott and charity patrons cricketer Michael Vaughan and squash player Nick Matthew.
In total, 23 teams took part in the tournament, which was sponsored by long-time supporters Auto Windscreens. The Steel City Branded Merchandise emerged victorious, with James Biggin, Dave Wilson, Tim Brind and celebrity Gaz Beadle, best known for his role in TV reality show Geordie Shore, taking home the trophy.
The overall individual winner was Simon Kitchen of Rexel Sheffield and Dan Walker himself won the individual celebrity league. In total, the event has now raised over £180,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital over the past five years.
This year’s total will go towards the cost of a new treatment room as part of the new charity appeal for an expanded Emergency Department. In total, £4.5m needs to be raised for the project, which will expand the clinical space and create privacy, helping children receive the most appropriate care the best possible way.
The department is a designated Major Trauma Centre, providing specialist care to children across the region. Originally designed for 32,000 admissions a year, it now sees up to 60,000 patients every 12 months.
Tonya Kennedy, Philanthropy Manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “It was a fantastic day. I’m really grateful for the remarkable generosity of our supporters and to everyone who helped make the day so special. Without their help, we wouldn’t have raised such an amazing total.
“The new treatment room it funds will make a life-changing difference to the thousands of young patients who depend on the Emergency Department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital every week.”
To find out how you can support the appeal for an expanded Emergency Department and build a better future at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, click here