Raising around £2.2 million each year, purely thanks to community fundraising activities, the Rotherham Hospice humbly enhances the quality of life of patients and those important to them through specialist palliative care services and education.
Friends of Yellowman have dedicated their support to Rotherham Hospice since September 2012, after Bramall Lane’s famed “Yellowman” Dave Middleton was diagnosed with a rare terminal gallbladder cancer. Never giving up and remaining positive throughout his 15th month battle, Dave determinedly raised money for Rotherham Hospice to help others in similar situations to his. After sadly losing the battle in August 2013 that he fought so hard to beat, Dave’s family and friends have carried on his legacy ever since; raising funds to support people in their own battles against the disease.
This is a charity that we’ve supported for a number of years now, so we jumped at the chance of sponsoring another Friends of Yellowman Charity Golf Event this year.
Friends of Yellowman Charity Golf Day organiser Brian Robbins said:
‘The 6th Friends of Yellowman Charity Golf Day at College Pines was a tremendous success with more than £8,525 raised for The Rotherham Hospice. 116 golfers enjoyed the day with 15 team prizes and 18 individual hole prizes up for grabs. Add some fantastic auction prizes donated by Mathew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk and all the local professional sports teams and it was a great day for a great cause.
We had fantastic support from many local companies and a special mention has to be made of the 15th hole Global Windows Challenge. A hole-in-one won you a fantastic composite door fully fitted with accessories and to just hold the green a sleeve of Titleist Pro V1 was on offer. No-one managed to win the door this year, but a few lucky golfers took away the balls.’
With a respectable £31,927.67 raised over the past 6 events, we’re really proud to have sponsored and taken part in what sadly looks like the last ‘Friends of Yellowman’ fundraising event. But we hope to support Rotherham Hospice at future charity events, to carry on ‘Yellowman’s’ legacy; supporting people and their families with the fight against cancer.
Who was Yellowman?
Dave Middleton was nicknamed ‘Yellowman’ after appearing on Match of the Day countless times from behind the goal supporting his beloved Sheffield United, with memorable celebration dances in a bright yellow sweatshirt. His son Zack and good friend Mark originally started the Friends of Yellowman group, creating Facebook and Twitter accounts that really helped to spread the word and gain valuable support behind their noble cause.
Raising over £10,000 for Rotherham Hospice through various fundraising events, Dave and his family remain in our thoughts and we genuinely thank them for all the charity work they’ve done over the years; you’re an inspiration to us all.