Auction to raise cash for blaze-hit Sheffield charity centre

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A charity which offers work opportunities to disabled adults is rising from the ashes thanks to art.

Employees at Sheffield Reclaim, who lost their workplace when a huge blaze ripped through their recycling plant in Attercliffe in July, displayed their art work in a Sheffield gallery over the weekend, where it was auctioned off to raise money.

The Smoke from a  fire at a plastics recycling firm in the Worthing Road area of Attercliff Sheffield could be seen right across the City

The Smoke from a fire at a plastics recycling firm in the Worthing Road area of Attercliff Sheffield could be seen right across the City

The auction at the B&B Gallery on Mary Street in Sheffield city centre also featured art work donated by international artists to boost funds for the charity.

Reclaim Sheffield’s recycling plant base was razed to the ground in the blaze, which started at a refuse dump on Foley Street.

The flames and smoke could be seen across South Yorkshire, with 20 tonnes of plastic fuelling the fire.

Scores of firefighters from across the county were involved in the operation to douse the flames and prevent them spreading to other nearby industrial units.

Visitors at B&B Gallery.  Picture by Cliff Edwards.)

Visitors at B&B Gallery. Picture by Cliff Edwards.)

Reclaim helps 25 trainees to sort and recycle plastic, while giving them the opportunity to learn life skills in an on-site activity centre.

But just a few days after the blaze the charity’s office - the only part of the site to survive the fire - was raided by burglars who stole a laptop and tools.

Liz Carrington, from Reclaim Sheffield, said she was delighted with the response to the auction.

“We’ve raised over £1,000 and the weekend has gone really well,” she said.

“All of the trainees had bids on their artwork and there was lots of interest from people who came down to see the work, it was very positive.

“The work was donated by different artists and created by some of the service users who are involved with the charity.
“It was a combination of locally-produced work and pieces by international artists.”

Liz said the proceeds from the auction would be used to replace some of the art materials which had been lost in the fire.