MOUNTAIN bike ace Steve Peat is swapping the rough and tumble of the race track for the smooth greens of the golf course - to support teenagers who are battling cancer.
The 37-year-old ex-World Champion racer has teamed up with friends to organise a golf day for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital.
Steve, from Chapeltown, and his pals are all long term supporters of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity which provides funding for the unit – so far raising a staggering £44,000 for the cause.
The event, organised with the help of friends Max Feetham and Robert Copeland, takes place at Hillsborough golf course on Friday August 26.
Steve, the men’s downhill mountain bike World Champion in 2009, said: “We want to raise as much money as possible and believe we have the right mix of prizes and corporate sponsorship to make it a huge success. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is a fantastic cause and does so much to help people across the region.
“We’ve decided we want our donation to go specifically to the Teenage Cancer Unit, as having visited and met young people there, we’ve seen the difference the charity makes in helping them during such a challenging time in their lives.”
Steve and his friends have raised their impressive £44,000 total over the past five years through the Wharncliffe Weekender, an open weekend of mountain biking, racing, camping and live music. The group was inspired to help as friends and relatives have been affected by cancer over the years.
The friends are now branching out into golf, as it is Steve’s second most favourite sport. His friend Paul Casey, the top British golfer who resides in the USA, is supporting the event by donating sports items to the auction.
Entry costs £250 per team - including polo shirt, balls, a meal provided by the Milestone restaurant and evening entertainment - with some places still available in both the morning and afternoon slots.
Max, from Grenoside, added: “We’ve had a lot of interest already it’s such a great cause and it will be a brilliant day. So, I’d encourage golfers to get in touch and enter a team and help us raise as much money as possible.”
Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We are very proud Steve and his team have chosen to support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity for so many years.
“We thank Steve and his friends for their continual support and for choosing to support our Teenage Cancer Unit this year.”
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