Mexborough’s Dennis in cancer pledge

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Two-time world darts champion Dennis Priestley has urged 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 which treats tens of thousands of Dearne people receive treatment each year.

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 the Dearne 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 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 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.”

Over 50 influential people attended and as well as networking, Mark Appleyard of Mark Appleyard Limited Solicitors became one of the first contestants to sign up to the charity’s stand up comedy event, Funny Business which will be held at Doncaster Racecourse and will see business leaders take to the stage and deliver their own comedy sketch.

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