Benefactors dug very deep

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Robert Machin says (June 22) that ‘Sheffield’s benefactors did less for the city than the corresponding citizens of other places’.

Ours did their fair share and, for starters, I can think of three steelmen, silversmiths whose family were also brewers and silversmiths who became mail-order pioneers:

n Jessop – women’s hospital;

n Edgar Allen– medical centre;

n Firth – College (which became the university), park;

n Mappin – art gallery;

n Graves – art gallery, park, land for the Round Walk, old folks’ home;

No doubt people can quote many others who did their bit for the city.

Don Alexander, Knab Road S7