Dig deep for Sheffield statue appeal

Sheffield's Women of Steel with the Women of Steel Statue LtoR. Kathleen Roberts,Kitty Sollitt,Ruby Gascoigne,Dorothy Slingsby
Sheffield's Women of Steel with the Women of Steel Statue LtoR. Kathleen Roberts,Kitty Sollitt,Ruby Gascoigne,Dorothy Slingsby
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Sheffield residents are being urged to dig out their silver - in support of the Women of Steel.

The appeal to create a statue dedicated to the ladies who kept Sheffield’s steelworks and factories running during World War Two still needs to raise another £105,000.

Sounds a large amount - but it equates to just 20 pence for each of Sheffield’s 550,000 residents.

Some £45,000 has been collected so far towards the £150,000 monument, designed by artist Martin Jennings.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: “We all owe it to these wonderful women to make the statue a reality.

“The support we have received so far has been amazing. The city has really got behind the Appeal with fundraising activities varying from DVD sales, collections at theatre performances, fun runs, half marathons, online donations and of course the hugely successful the Star Walk!

“We need to keep the momentum up. We need to pull together to get enough money for the statue.”

One of the largest fundraising events was the revival of the Star Walk, which raised £5,000.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel or send cheques payable to Women of Steel SYCF to Women of Steel Appeal, PO Box 4886, Sheffield

S11 0FF. Include name and address with donations.