Darts ace Dennis Priestley backs cancer campaign

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Two-time world darts champion Dennis Priestley has urged local people and businesses to back a leading regional cancer care unit.

The Mexborough-based arrows ace wants people to follow his lead and do their bit for Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital where 1 in 5 patients currently being treated are from Doncaster.

He attended a launch at Doncaster Minster which gave an insight into the hospital and its work in helping cancer sufferers.

He said: “It was an honour to be involved in Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s launch in Doncaster.

“It is good for the people of Doncaster to know how the hospital and the charity are supporting them and moreover, how they can do their bit and help improve the lives of people living with cancer.”

A variety of guest speakers, including an entrepreneurial ex-patient, Colin Gaffney, clinical oncologist Bernadette Foran, and retired professor of clinical oncology at the hospital, Barry Hancock, all addressed the meeting which featured a host of local business chiefs.

The evening, which was also attended by the Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Coun Eddie Dobbs, and supported by Business Doncaster and the Doncaster Chamber, gave a short insight into the work of the charity and invited guests to contribute towards the charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign and help improve local cancer services for patients across the region.

Acting charity director and organiser, Tina Harrison, said: “The aim of the evening was to make the business people of Doncaster aware of the breadth of the activity of Weston Park and the cancer charity in their area and highlight possible working partnerships.

“With over 10,500 patients from Doncaster being cared for by the hospital each year, it is obvious how vital the support is from businesses and the community within Doncaster.”

The Do Your Bit campaign, which is being fronted by Hollywood actor, Sean Bean, is raising funds for a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital. For more visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk