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Forgemasters' charity cricket match catches £8k for cancer cause

25 August 2010

Sheffield Forgemasters has raised £8,000 for a local good cause through launching a charity cricket match.

 A team from the south machine shop and the forge at the Brightside Lane site went head to head in a 20/20 match at the Bradfield Cricket Ground, to raise money for the local leading cancer charity at Weston Park Hospital.  

The event, called the Inaugural ExxonMobil Annual Cricket Challenge, was arranged by Nick Cutts, mechanical engineer at the forge who wanted to raise money for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity after receiving treatment last year.  

Nick was diagnosed in 2009 with testicular cancer, but thanks to a quick response from his local GP and treatment at both the Royal Hallamshire Hospital Urology Department and Weston Park Hospital he has been able to make a full recovery.  

Nick who captained the forge team, said: “After receiving excellent care from Weston Park Hospital I wanted to do something in return and so thought of the idea of the charity cricket match to raise funds for the hospital’s cancer charity. 

“I would like to thank my work colleagues at Sheffield Forgemasters and our suppliers for the fantastic support they have shown to raise this staggering amount for a great local charity. 

“The match ended up a draw with 138 against 138 so next year we will come together again with the forge team definitely being triumphant!"

The Man of the Match tropht presented by Phil Quinn, Area Manager of ExxonMobil, was awarded to Nick Cutts who put together an excellent bowling and batting performance for the foreg division.

Catherine Newman, senior fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We would like to thank Nick and the rest of the teams at SFIL for taking time out to raise money for the charity.

This generous donation will helpus to support research, treatment and care for people living with cancer."