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Dave Allen Sponsors Charity Walk

15 August 2013

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Spireites chairman Dave Allen has backed a charity fundraising walk which will be started by Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Allen is sponsoring Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s ‘Light the Night’ event in his role as chairman of Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

Through the partnership, the charity will receive a generous donation to support the event. The charity supports Weston Park Hospital, one of four specialist cancer hospitals in England providing care for cancer patients from across the region and beyond, which includes Chesterfield, North Derbyshire and south Sheffield.

The charity is holding the magical torch-lit walk on Saturday, September 28 at 6.30pm. Participants ramble through the ancient woodlands of Sheffield’s Ecclesall Woods, along a 4.5km route, suitable for both adults and children. 

A long-term supporter and fellow Patron of the charity, Allen said: “We employ more than 350 staff in the area and unfortunately it is likely, at some point, that some of their families and friends may need the assistance and care of Weston Park Hospital.

“So I believe it is important to help and reach out and give backing to the charity, which has always been one of our favourite causes.”

Allen is encouraging the regional business community to get involved with ‘Light the Night’. He said: “Cancer affects a lot of people’s lives, and I’ve had experience of family and friends requiring treatment. But we can all do something to support the battle against cancer by supporting Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.”

As part of its commitment to the charity, five senior managers at Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, have already signed up to the walk.

Sarah Cross, fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We’re very proud and pleased to announce this very special partnership with Mr Allen and Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants and Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. It is fantastic to have the support of such a prominent figure from the business community.

“I’d like to encourage supporters to come and join us for ‘Light the Night’. It is a fantastic event, and we look forward to welcoming hundreds of people to take part in our magical night walk.”

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise £1.5 million this year to fund pioneering cancer research and to help improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer.

To sign up to ‘Light the Night’, visit: or ring 0114 226 5370.

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