Barnsley Football Club welcomed Weston Park Cancer Charity and patient Mel Hughes to Oakwell earlier this season for Weston Park Takeover Day at our South Yorkshire derby victory over Sheffield United!
Through the generosity of Reds fans, the cancer charity are delighted to announce that the day not only generated much needed awareness, but also raised a magnificent £3208.19!
Darren Hayes, Business Development Manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity was delighted with the final count.
“I cannot start to thank each and every fan who gave towards our cause on the day," said Darren. "Whether it was donation into the bucket collection or buying raffle tickets in the executive area, this amount of money will help make a real difference. It just goes to show you the amount of people in Barnsley feel Weston Park is vital cause and will support us. To raise over £3000 on the day was well above my expectations and we look forward to working with the Club again in the future as part of the on-going partnership we have.”
Undoubtedly, the star of the day was lifelong Barnsley fan, Mel Hughes. In 2016, Mel’s life was turned upside down after a CT scan revealed she had a tumour on her left frontal lobe. Alongside her husband and son, Mel had the honour of leading both sides onto the pitch, wearing specially printed shirts.
Speaking of her experience, Mel said: “When I arrived at Oakwell, I was asked to lead the teams out and was given a special shirt to wear, which was fabulous. It was certainly a once in a lifetime experience, to walk out and see all the fans clapping, words can’t describe, it was just truly amazing."
To get involved and find out more information about the charity and the work they do please visit www.westonpark.org.uk or follow them on Twitter: @wpcancercharity and Facebook: @WPHCancerCharity to keep up to date with events and campaigns.