Rotherham-born World Cup ref Howard Webb lends a helping hand to charity

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Former World Cup referee Howard Webb is urging people to use the new year as a chance to get fit - and raise cash for Sheffield’s specialist cancer hospital.

Rotherham-born Howard, who still lives in the town and officiated in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, is patron of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and is backing their ‘New Year, New You’ initiative.

He wants people to raise cash by completing sporting challenges through 2016. The former Premier League referee has now filmed some short video clips, available to view online, to encourage people to take part in a sporting activity or challenge in support of the cancer charity.

He said: “The incentive offers people of all abilities and ages the chance to join scheduled events or dedicated clubs that will help them achieve their fitness goals whilst supporting those fighting cancer.”

Charity fundraiser, Sarah Cross, said: “From our annual Run in the Park event to public events, we want everyone from beginners to experienced fitness fanatics to join Team Weston Park this year and vow to support our work.

“The charity and hospital are facing a growing challenge with the expectation that by 2020, one in two of us are expected to be affected by cancer in our lifetime. It is only with the support of our dedicated fundraisers who take on selfless challenges for us that we can continue to support the hospital’s vital work.”

The charity raised over £1.8 million last year to support hospital projects. For more details visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 2265370.