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‘Incredible’ family event aims to raise thousands

Logan and Ceelan Hayward, Amanda Williams and Aaron Holloway gear up for their Macmillan fundraiser later in the month, they are pictured with organisers, Peter Sivitter and Carlie Hayward.

Logan and Ceelan Hayward, Amanda Williams and Aaron Holloway gear up for their Macmillan fundraiser later in the month, they are pictured with organisers, Peter Sivitter and Carlie Hayward.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to a family event in Sheffield raising cash for a cancer charity.

Final preparations are now taking place ahead of the Macmillan Extravaganza at Millhouses Park this Saturday in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Up to 3,000 people are expected at the event which will run between noon and 8pm and feature performers on three stages.

Organisers are hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity from the event.

It has been arranged by lorry driver Peter Sivitter, of Dinnington, and his girlfriend Carlie Hayward, a fitness instructor from Chesterfield, after Peter was involved in trying to organise a smaller charity fundraiser last year.

The 36-year-old said the reaction to the charity’s work was so positive he wanted to put on something much bigger.

The event will involve music, sports, arts and crafts and live entertainment.

Peter said: “We have spent the last 15 months preparing this event on top of our jobs, and taking care of two eight-year-old boys.

“This is our first attempt at doing an event and it’s grown beyond our wildest dreams.

“It will fill Millhouses Park and we are hoping thousands of people will come along and enjoy this family event.”

Peter said a huge amount of planning has gone into the event.

He said: “It has consumed the last year of my life.”

The event will be opened by Sheffield fundraising legend John ‘man with the pram’ Burkhill, who has raised thousands of pounds for the charity over the years and is a familiar sight in the city in his green wig.

Admission to Saturday’s event is free, although a voluntary donation of £2 to Macmillan is suggested.

There will be a main stage, an acoustic stage and a performers stage with acts as diverse as African drumming, poetry and magic shows.

A sports field will host everything from Brazilian capoeira, belly dancing and egg-and-spoon races, to kick boxing and cheerleading.

Rob Turner, Macmillan fundraising manager in Sheffield, said: “What Peter, Carlie and the team have done is incredible.

“Macmillan is investing more than £2 million in South Yorkshire to fund new services, and events like this will help us get closer to this target.”

 

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