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The Wharncliffe Weekender raised £13,000 for Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital1st NOV 2008

Sheffield, England

Published Date: 31 October 2008
By Kate Lahive
Original article on the Sheffield Star website

Steve Peat

ACE mountain bike champ Steve Peat wheeled out a £13,000 cheque when he visited Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital. The world and British champion visited the cancer hospital to present the cash which was raised at an annual mountain biking festival.

The Wharncliffe Weekender, which is fast becoming the region's top mountain biking event, is an open weekend of mountain biking, racing, camping and live music.

This year's event raised £13,000 which has been donated to Weston Park Hospital's Teenage Cancer Unit.

Over the past three years Steve and his supporters have raised more than £28,500 for the charity.

Steve, who lives near Wharncliffe Woods and does his winter training there, visited the hospital with friends Andrew Hardman, Wendy Duggan and Max Feetham to present the cheque.

Catherine Newman from the Weston Park Hospital Cancer charity said: "We are very proud Steve and his team have chosen to support Weston Park Hospital for the last three years.

"The Wharncliffe Weekender is going from strength-to-strength and we thank Steve for taking time out of his busy summer schedule to preside over it and for choosing to support our Teenage Cancer Unit this year.

"We know his visit will brighten up the stay of many of our young patients."

Next month Steve will receive an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University for his outstanding achievement in mountain biking.

Catherine added: "We wish him continued success in his sport and congratulations for his coming doctorate which will hopefully give more recognition to this popular and challenging sport."

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