Minnie steps forward for fundraising Sheffield walk

Carlyanne Beighton, aged 24, of Frecheville. who has volunteered to help out at the Star Walk.
Carlyanne Beighton, aged 24, of Frecheville. who has volunteered to help out at the Star Walk.
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She might not look like your average Star Walker – but even Minnie Mouse will be putting her best foot forward for the Sheffield fundraiser.

Carlyanne Beighton, aged 24, of Frechville, has volunteered to help out at the Star Walk.

She will be dressed as the popular Disney character and entertaining children along the route.

Several city businesses have already offered their support to the event, which takes place on Sunday, April 28, from 11am.

All money raised by The Star Walk 2013 will go towards the permanent memorial to the Women of Steel which will stand outside City Hall in Barker’s Pool.

It will be formal recognition of the work Sheffield women carried out during the wars when they stepped into roles to keep the city’s steelworks producing bullets, bombs, planes, tanks and boats.

So far, £32,000 has been collected – but a total of £150,000 is needed before the statue can be completed.

Carlyanne’s aunt, Elizabeth Beighton, got in touch when she heard about the event and volunteered the pair’s services.

Elizabeth will be offering face painting and balloon modelling in exchange for donations to the Women of Steel Appeal.

Both are giving their help free of charge and said they were excited to be playing a role in the big day.

Elizabeth said: “I am a Sheffielder through and through and am just thrilled to take part – it’s about the event.”

The Star Walk 2013 is different from previous ones as it covers just a one-mile route around Hillsborough Park.

It has been designed so as many of the surviving Women of Steel, now all aged in their 80s and 90s, can take part as possible.

It is also intended as a fun day for all the family with all ages invited to take part.

Entry costs £10 for adults and £5 for children.

To register, see The Star walk entry form