Fundraisers stumble for Home-Start cash

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Fundraisers ran, walked and stumbled along a Sheffield countryside route to raise cash for a family support charity.

About 170 people turned out to support Sheffield Home-Start and completed either a 12, 17 or 25-mile ‘Stanage Stumble’ route – raising more than £3,000 to help vulnerable Sheffield families.

It was the 11th stumble which has been whipping up cash for the charity for the past five years.

The routes took in views over the Peak District and included Stanage Edge, Redmires Moors, Higger Tor and Fox House.

Home-Start event coordinator Alison Vaughan said: “Last year, we helped more than 530 Sheffield children, so events like this make a real difference.

“We are so grateful that, once again, Sheffield’s leading family support charity, Home-Start, was chosen to benefit from the money raised.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part, volunteered their time to staff the checkpoints and all the local businesses that donated raffle prizes.

“Home-Start Sheffield is a unique charity supporting hundreds of parents with children aged under five to give them the best possible start in life.

“Families referred to Home-Start are experiencing all kinds of difficulties – lonely and isolated parents, children with disabilities, mums suffering post-natal depression or fleeing domestic abuse and parents with twins or triplets.

“They need our amazing volunteers who reach out a helping hand in these moments with a truly life-changing service. This event helps to ensure that we can continue to deliver our vital service.”

A walker took to Facebook to praise the event, adding: ‘Enjoyed all 25 miles, although my feet took a bit of a battering over the hard ground and tracks. Hope you raised lots of money for the local charities.”

The event will be held again next year.

n For more information, go to www.hssheffield.org.uk