It is the voice of manufacturing and innovation for the region and strives to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield cutlery and steel products - but the Company of Cutlers is also a sterling charity fundraiser.
For 390 years, it has made huge donations to local charities. This year, it will hand over more than £50,000 to over 27 organisations.
Master Cutler Tony Pedder said: “Although it may seem to some that we are an organisation solely concerned with manufacturing, nothing could be further from the truth. We take our responsibilities for the wider South Yorkshire community very seriously and have been making donations to local causes since we were first formed in 1624.
“We select the charities with great care, not only to ensure the best possible use of resources but also to help as many people as we possibly can.”
The company aims to support smaller charities for whom £500 to £1,000 can make a difference. The Cutlers’ Grassroots Fund, held by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, supports small, voluntary and community groups and organisations that are active in the economic improvement of South Yorkshire.
And the Master Cutler’s Challenge, which launched in 2008, is a substantial money-raiser. It uses the master’s and company’s names and credibility to raise funds for one of the major charities in Sheffield and normally nets from £100,000 to £200,000.
Charities supported this year include St Luke’s Hospice, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, St Wilfrid’s Centre, St Vincent de Paul, The Archer Project, Rotherham Cancer Care Centre, The Ethel Trust, Community Service Volunteers, Gleadless Valley Community Forum, Emmaus, Fare Share South Yorkshire, Cavendish Cancer Care and Ruskin Mill Freeman College.