Charitable residents dig deep across the county

Christine Smith and Graham Straw choosing artwork for Christine's exhibition.
Christine Smith and Graham Straw choosing artwork for Christine's exhibition.
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Across South Yorkshire, generous folk have been digging deep to raise funds for worthy causes.

In Star Two’s new Charity Corner spread we will be featuring details about your charity exploits and also highlighting forthcoming events which readers can support.

Sports Aid Rowing Day. Pictured are Sue Addey, Lewis Holland and Lisa Bunting.

Sports Aid Rowing Day. Pictured are Sue Addey, Lewis Holland and Lisa Bunting.

When Christine Smith, aged 63, from Manor, Sheffield, was recuperating from surgery for a brain tumour, she was introduced to an artist who encouraged her to draw.

Little did she realise at the time, how this rekindled passion would develop into a prolific collection of drawings and lead to exhibitions of her work.

Surgeons removed Christine’s left eye and rebuilt her face, and she now has been no sense of smell or taste.

“My art keeps me going,” she explained. I am passionate about art and about animals, and drawing them has helped me to rebuild my life.”

Jim Walton, Managing Director of JP Walton & Son, Jonjo Irwin co-owner of Dearne Valley Personal Development Centre, (DVPDC), Kristian Walton, JP Walton & Son Transport and Jackie Irwin co-owner of DVPDC.

Jim Walton, Managing Director of JP Walton & Son, Jonjo Irwin co-owner of Dearne Valley Personal Development Centre, (DVPDC), Kristian Walton, JP Walton & Son Transport and Jackie Irwin co-owner of DVPDC.

Christine started her treatment three-and-a-half years ago and the tumour is being kept under control.

Now Coterie Gallery in Rotherham is hosting an exhibition of retired Christine’s work in its annexe. The exhibition will focus on her pastels of hounds and horses.

“I would like to donate the proceeds of any sales to the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Macmillan, as both have given me a great deal of support.”

The exhibition in the Riverside Precinct, Rotherham, runs until October 31.

Pictured from the left, front row, is Joanne Thompson handing over the cheque to Chris Smith, of the St John's Hospice Appeal, looked on by hospice staff.

Pictured from the left, front row, is Joanne Thompson handing over the cheque to Chris Smith, of the St John's Hospice Appeal, looked on by hospice staff.

n Organisers of the Yorkshire cricketer Rich Pyrah’s benefit committee are inviting people along to a quiz and curry night at Baldwins Omega in Sheffield on Wednesday, November 4 which will be hosted by Pete Graves from Sky Sports.

The event will raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Leeds Children’s Hospital and The PCA Benevolent Fund.

Tables of 10 are £500 plus VAT and individual tickets are available for £50 plus VAT, phone 07970 485979.

n Denaby-based haulage company JP Walton and Son Transport is the new sponsor of the Dearne Valley Personal Development Centre, based in Mexborough.

Thirteen members of staff from Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals donned their walking boots to walk from Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop to Doncaster Royal Infirmary to raise money to create a dementia friendly lounge on Ward B5 at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Thirteen members of staff from Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals donned their walking boots to walk from Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop to Doncaster Royal Infirmary to raise money to create a dementia friendly lounge on Ward B5 at Bassetlaw Hospital.

The centre is owned and run by former Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Jonjo Irwin along with his wife Jackie, a qualified art and design teacher.

Jonjo, pictured above, who is also a fully qualified joiner, won a string of boxing titles including a Lonsdale belt and a WBO World title in the 1990s.

The centre helps young people who are disengaged from mainstream schools and colleges.

Jonjo said: “The extra money coming in every month will certainly help us. We would like to supply the students with a uniform or exercise kit. With JP Walton and Son Transports’ monthly donations we are be able to do this, and so much more, it’s great news and we’re delighted.”

n Staff from the Sheffield branch of the Nottingham Building Society took part in a Row to Rio event to raise money for young athlete Nikita Campbell-Smith who trains with Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The staff have undertaken a number of other events, raising a total of £350, with the company adding £750 to take the amount to £1,000.

A charity night was recently held at Baileys in Doncaster raising money for Cancer Research. Chloe Wilburn from TV's Big Brother went along to pull a pint and also dj, she also collected pizzas donated by Cypress Gardens for the event.

A charity night was recently held at Baileys in Doncaster raising money for Cancer Research. Chloe Wilburn from TV's Big Brother went along to pull a pint and also dj, she also collected pizzas donated by Cypress Gardens for the event.

n Daredevil Joanne Thompson from Arksey, Doncaster, celebrated the run up to her 40th birthday by skydiving from 15,000 feet to raise £700 for the St John’s Hospice Appeal in Doncaster.

She said: “A skydive is something I’ve always wanted to do and I decided to raise money for the hospice because one of my friends passed away here in May.”

■ To be featured in charity corner please send details of your fundraising efforts and pictures to copydesk.southyorks@jpress.co.uk