Sheffield Steelers charity gig: for the love of Amy Usher

Three Sheffield Steelers stalwarts started a gruelling charity walk today- having already raised a promised £12,000 in the name of the club’s favourite fan, Amy Usher.

Amy, aged 21, is suffering with oesophageal cancer and has been particularly unwell recently.

Amy Usher and Steeler pals

Amy Usher and Steeler pals

She is being cared for at Weston Park cancer hospital, for whom club officials and supporters Dave Simms, Neil Edwards and Elliott Hall have pledged to raise cash.

They initially hoped for £10,000, but beat that before they set off this morning on a route from Simms’ house in Warwickshire to Sheffield Arena, some 88 miles.

Simms said: “Over the decades, when I have sat in the Arena whitehouse with a bucket of Kentucky Fried chicken and a microphone before me, I have changed from a sprightly youngster to a plump middle-aged bloke with greying, if distinguished hair. So this walk is a challenge, to say the least. But Amy is a special person - she is popular with all of our players, and background staff. This walk is for her - and it is a privilege to do it.”

Star Sports Editor Bob Westerdale and champion boxer Adam Etches have also pledged to take part in the 5 Weirs Walk on Sunday.

Amu Usher and her walking admirers

Amu Usher and her walking admirers

The middleweight fighter is an ambassador for Weston Park teenage cancer unit and has raised thousands of pounds for the unit, along with fellow boxer Scott Jenkins and their manager Richard Poxon.

Westerdale said: “Anybody who has met Amy has had their lives enriched by the experience. Everybody loves her - and Simmsy and co are illustrating that.”

Simms’ ‘just giving’ page: www.justgiving.com/simmsey-and-friends/