Crucible legends, celebrities, civic dignitaries and sports fans have gone snooker loopy for Sheffield’s Women Of Steel - potting over £21,000 towards their statue appeal
They cued up to give at the eleventh annual Cue Ball black-tie dinner, which heralds the start of the World Snooker Championship.
Auctions, raffles and ticket sales have now raised over £230,000 for various charities over the years.
That includes more than £21,000 at this year’s event at Mercure St Paul’s Hotel, to boost the Star backed call for a £150,000 statue outside Sheffield City Hall, to honour our Women Of Steel.
They helped to win two world wars by keeping munitions factories going while men went off to fight.
Special geuests at the Cue Ball were four of the city’s surviving WW2 Women Of Steel - now in their 90s - Dorothy Slingsby, Ruby Gascoigne, Kit Sollitt and Kathleen Roberts, who partied with snooker stars John Parrot, Dennis Taylor and Willie Thorne.
Top auction items included Royal Box tickets at Wembley for the Froch fight, which raised £1,200, a VIP package to the snooker final, £600; a chef to cook in your home, £400; a recording session at Eliot Kennedy’s Steelworks Studio, £300 and a champagne meet and greet, plus tickets, to see ABC’s Martin Fry, £200.
Council leader Julie Dore said: “Inspired by the story of the Women of Steel the evening raised a fantastic amount, which brings us within touching distance of making the statue a reality.”
John Palmer, a leading campaign, said: “We now need only £14,000, which is a remarkable tribute to the people of Sheffield.
* London Marathon runner Lindsay Cummings raised £1,400 in memory of her Sheffield Woman Of Steel ‘nannan’ Mary Curbishley, who died last year, aged 87. Sheffield College recently raised more than £1,600 with a dinner.
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel.