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Sheffield Wednesday FC - together at every step with Weston Park Cancer Charity

The 'Together at Every Step’ partnership sees the Owls join Barnsley and Sheffield United in putting rivalries to one side in support of Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Through the generosity of Owls fans, Weston Park Cancer Charity takeover days at Hillsborough raise thousands of pounds for us. We're thrilled that the Owls have joined the partnership to amplify our message – and fundraising – even further.

The unique partnership between Barnsley Football Club, Sheffield United Football Club & Sheffield Wednesday Football Club has been formed to support Weston Park Cancer Charity and our activities to raise awareness and funds in our region.

Activities and initiatives will take place throughout the season, with a joint fundraising page set up for fans to donate to the charity and get involved online.

Any amount which Owls fans donate – be it online, in person at today’s bucket collection, or via text, makes a huge difference. Or, if you can’t support financially, sharing the charity’s messages on social media or even saying hello to the charity team and volunteers, who are at today’s game, makes a huge difference.

To donate to Weston Park Cancer Charity text the word FOOTBALL on 70560 (you’ll receive a text asking how much you’d like to donate).

You can also donate online!

With your support, we can change, and potentially save, the lives of people facing cancer across our region.

One of the ways which Owls fans will have made a difference up to now is by enabling us to develop our transport service, which provides travel, free of charge between Chesterfield, Rotherham and Barnsley respectively, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for anyone who needs cancer treatment in Sheffield.

The Weston Park Cancer Charity transport service has benefitted hundreds of people since it launched in 2021 – including Ray, who went through four weeks of daily radiotherapy appointments at Weston Park following a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Cancer treatment is tough, arduous and often extremely challenging, both for the person diagnosed and their family. For Ray, the availability of free, safe transport made the decision to go through with it a lot easier.

He said: “The transport service makes what would be a very difficult process a lot easier.

“I spent an awfully long time deciding whether or not I was going to go through treatment. My cancer is advanced, so I had three options – and a big part of the decision process was ‘how on earth am I going to get there? What’s that going to do to me and my family?’

“But when I found out about the charity and its transport service, the difficult decision was made logical.”

Darren Hayes, our Head of Fundraising, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to the Together at Every step partnership, alongside Sheffield United and Barnsley FC.

“Partnerships like this one make such a difference to local people and communities. They help us to enhance treatment experiences for people currently going through cancer – including funding for hospital ward improvements, entertainment and support for patients and so much more.”

Marcus Brameld, Community Programme Manager at Sheffield Wednesday FC, said: “We’re delighted to join the unique Together at Every Step partnership.

“One in two people will face a cancer diagnosis, and the funds and awareness raised by initiatives like this go a long way to improving the lives of those diagnosed. I’d encourage Owls fans to get behind this initiative and support Weston Park Cancer Charity in any way they can.”

Owls fans can also support our events in the coming weeks – with the Sheffield 10k returning to the city’s streets on Sunday, September 25, and BB With Love’s Simply The Best – a star-studded Sheffield City Hall concert – taking place on Sunday 2 October.

For more information on both events, visit westonpark.org.uk/events, email charityteam@wpcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 553 3330.

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