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Nick Matthew - squash champion named as charity patron

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 November 2014

Squash champ Nick Matthew

Squash champ Nick Matthew

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Three-time world squash champion Nick Matthew is now championing a great cause as patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

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The proud Sheffield-born sportsman is a long-time supporter of the charity as a fundraiser and one of the faces of Team Theo, its squad of cheerleaders.

After seeing the great work the charity does for children from across the country, Nick has stepped up his support and will now act as an ambassador for the cause. He joins a team of patrons that already includes sporting greats like Michael Vaughan, James Toseland and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The former High Storrs pupil said: ‘The hospital is an amazing place and the staff do so much for so many children in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. It also has strong links to local sport through brilliant fundraising events.

‘Sport is one of the best outlets to help children regain their health and wellbeing. That makes it even more important that local sportspeople like me, Jessica and Michael support the hospital in any way we can. I’m very proud to become an official patron,’ he added.

Nick is a multiple world and commonwealth champion squash player. He overcame injury in 2014 to become Team England’s flag- bearer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and retain the squash singles title, won four years previously in Delhi, when he also won doubles gold with team-mate Adrian Grant. Nick was crowned world champion in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Rebecca Staden, fundraising manager at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: ‘Nick has been an incredible support to the charity. We’re so thrilled that he is now officially on board as a patron so he can be an ambassador for us and help make it better for our children.’

The Make it Better appeal – the biggest campaign the charity has run to date – aims to raise £10m by 2016 to help transform the hospital into a world class facility to match the world class care received.

For more on the appeal, visit tchc.org.uk/our-make-it-better-appeal

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