A nine-year-old boy from Sheffield who has cerebral palsy and autism has raised over £137,000 for charity by walking two marathons. Tobias Weller, known as Captain Tobias, was cheered by hundreds of fans including Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill as he used a walker to cover the 52 miles on the street of Abbey Lane. The money will be shared between Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Paces special school where he attends. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
City of Sanctuary Sheffield have closed their drop-in centre but are maintaining support services by phone and online. The charity is coordinating aid to some of the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The annual abseiling challenge down the sheer face of Hallam University’s Owen Building has raised more than £6000 for the British Red Cross. Despite the rain, dozens of participants took part in the 120 foot abseil down the landmark building that greets arrivals to Sheffield with the words of Andrew Motion’s poem ‘What if?…’ Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The Sheffield branch of Epilepsy Action are celebrating thirty years of voluntary work supporting those affected by epilepsy and raising funds for epilepsy services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke Duncan Frogatt, chair of Sheffield Epilepsy Action.
Local charity b:friend, which aims to reduce social isolation among older people, held an open event Endcliffe park at the weekend to encourage volunteer befrienders. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s RSPCA are appealing for help to locate a van used by the charity after it was reported stolen last weekend. According to the charity the van was stolen overnight between 10pm on Friday 12 July and Saturday 13th. The van has RSPCA stickers all over it, as well as a large image of a cat on one side and a dog on the other. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Eleven-year-old Asher Walton-Mitchell raised over £1,250 in a karate challenge to enable a wheelchair bound neighbour to get a lift installed in his home. Karate enthusiast Asher launched a successful sponsorship appeal to perform 50 katas in an hour to raise funds to support his friend Phil, who has a severe form of multiple sclerosis.
A new partnership between six charity organisation and Sheffield Council is underway to support refugees granted status to stay in the UK. Sheffield Project for Refugee Integration and Growth (SPRING) is a European funded initiative to enable refugees to meet their potential and integrate into the local community. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Charities in Sheffield have pledged to join efforts with Sheffield Council to tackle rough sleeping following confirmation of a £400,000 grant for the city through the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative. The funding is to support initiatives to assist people off the streets and into accommodation and support. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Wayne Hayle, director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, said the investment will have a major impact. Baillor Jalloh reports.
John Burkhill, known as the man with the pram, has been awarded the Freedom of the City, Sheffield’s highest award, in recognition of his tireless fundraising for cancer charity MacMillan. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!