Doncaster Business Awards

Doncaster Business Awards

Weston Park Cancer Charity has been selected as a finalist at the Doncaster Business Awards for their partnership work with Doncaster Racecourse.


Each year, the Weston Park Cancer Charity race evening is attended by thousands of race-goers who enjoy the very best of horse racing, at one of the oldest courses in Britain. Since its inception in 2016, the event continues to grow year-on-year raising nearly £150,000 for the one in two of us who will develop cancer.


Darren Hayes, business development manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity comments: “As a charity, we and the work we do, relies entirely on the generosity of businesses and individuals across the region. It’s the reason why partnerships like the one we have with Doncaster Racecourse are so vital for people facing cancer and we can’t thank the racecourse team enough for everything they have done over the years. It’s fantastic to see this partnership recognised by Doncaster Chamber.”


United, Weston Park Cancer Charity are a stronger support system for those affected by cancer who need their help. Every person on the race committee or at the racecourse plays an integral part of the collective work that allows the region’s leading cancer charity to be together with patients, at every step.


“Unsurprisingly, we had to cancel the 2020 race evening, due to the coronavirus” continues Darren. “But we’re more determined than ever to return bigger and better in 2021 whether that be at the racecourse, or virtually. Our race evening is an important part of the events calendar at Weston Park so we’ll be working closely with the committee and the racecourse to explore what is possible, whilst maintaining the safety of everyone involved.”


The Weston Park Cancer Charity annual race evening is often attended by a number of high profile celebrities including; actor Dean Andrews, retired international cricket umpire Dickie Bird, SUFC manager, Chris Wilder, trainer Kevin Ryan, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and professional darts player, Dennis Preistley, to name a few.


The funds raised at the annual event means Weston Park Cancer Charity can deliver three key strands of work;

  • They enable research – funding vital research and clinical trials that are saving lives.
  • They provide support – in many forms, from group activities and social events to benefits advice, pamper sessions to friendly chats.
  • They enhance treatment – by improving facilities, making wards look and feel better whilst offering complementary therapies, like massage, to help patients feel better.

That’s how Weston Park Cancer Charity achieves its overarching goal, to actively care in every sense for patients and the people around them.


Organised by Doncaster Chamber, the Success through Partnership award category recognises the combined ability of organisations to seek out and develop partnerships that move beyond commercial relationships to deliver real added value to all partners, customers and other stakeholders.


The judges will reveal the winners at an online ceremony in March 2021.