City one of the most generous

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SHEFFIELDERS are charitable folk, according to a new survey which has placed the city as one of the most generous in the country.

The research by charity ActionAid found Sheffield was the sixth most generous city in England, based on the number of people who sponsor children in poor countries.

Over 540 local people sponsored youngsters living in poverty across Africa, Asia and South America, raising more than £110,000 every year, the organisation found.

The money goes directly to the children and their communities, providing them with food, clean water and shelter.

Since ActionAid’s launch in 1972, Sheffield residents helped more than 1,850 children.

Dawn Wyatt, from the charity’s child sponsorship team, said: “The generosity of people in Sheffield is inspiring and absolutely vital in supporting our work.”

This year, the good cause is offering sponsorship packages as Christmas gifts for the first time.

Visit www.actionaid.org.uk/givehope for more information.