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Sheffield motorists struggle with fuel price hike

The cost of filling an average family car with petrol has reached £100 as fuel prices continue to rise. Soaring fuel prices have been driven by the war in Ukraine and moves to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian oil. The RAC motoring has said the cost of filling a 55-litre tank with petrol reached £100 this month and £103.43 for diesel. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Fitness charity receives £100k mystery bequest

A Sheffield fitness charity has been rescued after a mysterious benefactor left the organisation £100,000 in his will. Age Active, which holds fitness classes for people over 50 in the city centre, was left the money by the unknown benefactor, part of a £1.1m payout to 11 organisations which received donations. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Dave Schofield, coordinator for Age Active.

Dozens join rally in solidarity with rail workers

For a third time this week, rail passengers have faced widespread disruption and cancellations as Britain’s biggest nationwide rail strike for three decades continued at the weekend. Workers responsible for train lines and infrastructure across the UK walked out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday over a pay dispute and compulsory redundancies. The government and Network Rail have said changes are needed to modernise the rail network. On Saturday dozens of people attended a rally outside Sheffield’s East Midland train station to stand in solidarity with the RMT union workers. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

 

Refugee Week festival returns

Migration Matters Festival celebrates the contribution of those who have found sanctuary in Sheffield and made the city their home. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh, spoke to Ellen Beardmore, marketing and communications manager for Migration Matters.

Sheffield Council projects £18 million over spend in 2022/23

Sheffield’s Liberal Democrats are calling on Sheffield Council to take rapid action on its project overspend or risk central government commissioners taking charge. Official papers prepared for the forthcoming meeting of the Council’s finance committee has revealed the local authority is set to overspend by £18 million this financial year. Labour councillor Brian Lodge, co-chair of the finance committee, told Sheffield Live! that tough decisions will be made in the coming weeks to reduce the projected deficit.

Walking group for the visual impaired seeks new volunteers

The Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group is looking for volunteers to guide some of their members during their annual programme of walks in and around the Peak District and South Yorkshire. The group offers opportunities to visually impaired people to go walking regularly, assisted by trained volunteer guides. Since Covid restrictions were lifted more members have joined the group. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Martin Wing, membership secretary for the group.

Nature partnership awarded £500k for woodland creation in South Yorkshire

The South Yorkshire Woodland Creation Partnership led by Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust has been awarded a £500k grant from the Trees Call to Action Fund. The partnership includes the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and South Yorkshire local authorities. It aims to create more than 250 hectares of new woodland by 2025, with an overall target of 12 percent cover across the region by 2050. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Vital role for community radio says UNESCO Chair during Sheffield visit

UNESCO’s first Chair of Community Media, Professor Vinod Pavarala, said community radio stations are vital to enable people to talk about issues that affect local communities. On a visit to Sheffield, hosted by Sheffield Live!, Professor Pavarala of the University of Hyderabad highlighted the role of community radio in promoting loca talent, enabling dialogue and supporting community languages. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Cancer charity’s Sheffield Race For Life still open for entries

People across Sheffield are being encouraged to sign up for Cancer Research UK’s Sheffield Race for Life event. The charity’s much loved 3K run is to return to Graves Park on Saturday 11 June following the end of Covid restrictions. Money raised from the event will fund world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer, including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke Nicki Embleton regional media relations office for Cancer Research UK.

Euro 2022 roadshow comes to Sheffield

The Women’s Euro 2022 Roadshow brought hundreds of families and fans to a showcase in the Peace Gardens of the best of football, fitness and music. Sheffield is among the host cities for the Women’s Euro 2022 football tournament which is set to kick off in July. Organisers are aiming to inspire more communities, particularly young people and families, to get involved in the biggest European women’s sport event in history. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!