Sheffield shoppers dig deep for good causes

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Sheffield shoppers helped to raise almost £11,000 by supporting local bands and buskers in Meadowhall.

The funds will be music to the ears of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes - which are among a number of good causes across the UK to benefit.

The Yorkshire Band of the Royal British Legion raised the most money in one day, bringing in £1,400 on December 22 - one of the busiest shopping days of the year for the Sheffield centre.

Meadowhall centre director Darren Pearce said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the bands and artists who came along and performed throughout the Christmas period.

“Without them and the generosity from our shoppers this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Some nine acts participated in the Buskers On The Malls campaign, which saw Blu-Crew, The Salvation Army, Barnsley Brass Band, Brass Lincs, Christmas Brass, Rotherham Town Brass Band, The Music Academy and Meltham Band play alongside The Yorkshire Band of the Royal British Legion.

Darren said: “We are committed to supporting the local community.

“Whether that be inviting local bands to come along to the centre and provide entertainment, or raising money for charities across the country.

“We have a calendar packed full of fundraising events lined up over the next year, and hope to do an even better job than in 2014.”

One of Meadowhall’s main charity events of the year, the Race for Life, will take place this year on May 17.

The 5K run from the Orange Zone car park will raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Sign up at www.meadowhall.co.uk.