Marathon runner Ray Matthews has presented a cheque to Newman School, Rotherham, for just under thirty thousand pounds, raised through his 75 marathons campaign. When Matthews turned 75 he decided to embark on a challenge, to run 75 marathons in 75 days. His motivation was to raise money for a Rotherham special school whose pupils and staff had hugely impressed him. Newman School offers a specialist range of provision to support children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Ray Matthews of Rotherham, aged 75, has been honoured with the British Citizens Award for his exceptional contribution to the community after a series of fundraising marathons. Matthews began the challenge in July last year to run 75 marathons in 75 days, and to raise £75,000 to pay for a soft playground and specialist equipment for Newman School, a special needs school in Rotherham. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Former teacher Brian Jackson from Greenhill, Sheffield has pledged to wear a kilt for the whole of 2017 to raise money for motor neurone disease. Brian is known as Bare Legs Brian after undertaking a similar campaign back in 2015 when he wore shorts all year round. Brian’s wife died from motor neurone disease and he is determined to raise money for this fatal disease. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
The High Sheriff’s Charity Concert is be held at the Cathedral Church of St Marie in support of local charity Sheffield Young Carers. The independent charity was established in 1997 and provides vital support to some of the city’s most vulnerable young carers. Sheffield Live! report Azz Mohammed spoke to the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Dr Julie Macdonald.
Karen Sherwood, is a local artist, who abseiled by the side of Andrew Motion’s poem to raise money for the Red Cross. The poem by the former poet laureate is on the Owen Building in the Centre of Town.
A local fair trade social enterprise is making jewellery and raising money for a total of six charities that are working to support women who are being trafficked.
Sheffield’s Liberian community walked through town this weekend to raise awareness of Ebola. Akai Bazzie, who is the Senior Pastor of Christ Abiding Ministry for UK said they were marching for three things. To raise awareness of the disease itself, to raise funds for people who are affected and to ask for donations of materials such as gloves and hand sanitisers . The Ebola virus has killed about 1,000 people altogether in West Africa over the last few weeks. The Liberian people have been the worst hit by the outbreak so far.
Sangita Basudev filmed the events for Sheffield Live.
By Andrew Tildesley
The staff and regulars at The Hammer and Pincers of Bents Green have hit on an innovative exercising method of raising money for charity. This Saturday they will be cycling the full length of the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France – on a static bike!
Manager Anthony Crawford will be cycling in between shifts he will be joined by both pub regulars and 9 members of his staff, all with the aim of raising over £1000 for Cancer Research. Taking turns on the static bike to cycle at a steady speed of 20km per hour, and beginning at 4am, they aim to tackle the 390kn route of the first two stages of the Tour de France in just 20 hours, with the aim of being finished by midnight.
Local Bents Green businesses, including Cannisters Butchers, Le Crunch and Bents Home and Garden, have been happy to jump on board with sponsorship and the fundraiser is intended to be a community event, with a barbecue and bouncy castle laid on (British summer weather permitting!).
Hammer and Pincers’ manager Crawford said, “We’re a small part of a larger company, Mitchells and butler, which has raised over £34,000 for cancer Research already, we hope to do our own small part.”
Sheffield Live! 93.2 FM, the local community radio, is to launch its first “radiothon”, a week long fundraising campaign on-the-air and in venues across Sheffield, starting Monday 27 April 2009.
The Sheffield Live! Spring Appeal 2009 marks 18 months on-air as a full-time community radio service for Sheffield Live! 93.2 FM and celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2009 on 3 May.
Sheffield Live! volunteer programme makers and presenters will drop their usual schedule to broadcast a round-the-clock campaign for listener donations and support. The Sheffield Live! Spring 2009 Appeal is supported by local musicians and artists who will be performing at venues around Sheffield as well as donating music tracks to a Sheffield Live! digital compilation.
Sangita Basudev, Chief Executive of Sheffield Live! said: “This is the first time that Sheffield Live! has organised an on-air fundraising appeal of this kind. We have been delighted by the number of offers of help and assistance that have already come forward. We are just hoping the enormous goodwill there is towards our work will be translated into real contributions and support.”
Local musicians backing the appeal include Toddler T, Mark Stoney and Mim Suleiman. The Harley will host a Sheffield Live! Showcase of local bands on Wednesday 29 April while other activities include a Jazz night at the Riverside on Monday, a latin music night at Cubana on Tuesday and a bhangra music night at DQ on Thursday. On Saturday, 2 May, Sticky music collective will join forces with Sheffield Live!for a day long local music event at the Stockroom.
Sheffield Live! is a not-for-profit community organisation that provides media facilities, training and broadcast services in support of community voices and cultural diversity. The Sheffield Live! Spring 2009 Appeal aims to raise funds to support programme making of community benefit, media training for disadvantaged groups and the provision of public access media facilities.
Throughout the week, the Communities Live! team at Sheffield Live! will be broadcasting from the Winter Gardens, where members of the public can drop by and find out how to get involved.