Sheffield fundraisers urged to scale climbing wall to help cancer sufferers

Steve McClure setting up the climbing routes
Steve McClure setting up the climbing routes
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A cancer charity wants more than 2,000 fundraisers to scale a climbing wall in Sheffield to help people with the disease.

The Awesome Walls centre, on Garter Street, Grimesthorpe, has created three special climbs in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Now 2,200 people are being sought to complete the routes this month – equal to the number of people affected by cancer in Sheffield annually.

Zoe Spriggins, Awesome Walls’ centre manager, said the routes had been designed by rock climber Steve McClure.

“They are suitable for everyone,” she said. “Climbing is really great fun and for each person who climbs we are asking them to make a donation.”

Over the next two years the charity is spending more than £2 million to develop new cancer services in South Yorkshire.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “We’re really looking forward to an exciting month and hoping lots of people come down and take part and help us be there for more people affected by cancer.”

n To take part in the Climb for Cancer event, visit Awesome Walls and make a donation to Macmillan. Climbers can also give money by texting AWCC70, followed by the £ sign and the amount to be donated, to 70070. The message should be shown to staff as proof of purchase. Call 01142 446 622 for more details. Climbers must sign up for free membership of the centre, normal entrance fees apply.