Sheffield skaters strike pose to raise hundreds for Issabelle’s Appeal

Morgan Ward
Morgan Ward
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Skaters have struck a pose to raise more than £1,000 for a charity set up in memory of a tragic Sheffield who died aged seven.

Members of iceSheffield took part in the competition to be pictured in their best skating positions for Issabelle’s Appeal, a charity set up in memory of Issabelle Futter, a Parson Cross schoolgirl who died in December 2012 following a battle against cancer.

Molly Lanaghan with skating partner Jake Astill

Molly Lanaghan with skating partner Jake Astill

More than 200 photos were taken – with people aged five to 63 taking part.

Those taking part were asked to donate at least £2 to the charity - raising more than £1,000.

Kelly Buddery, a coach at iceSheffield, organised the contest and got current and former students to take part.

She said: “I am thrilled to say we reached the target of £1,000 and raised £1,011.22 in total. I had over 200 photo entries in the competition.”

Entrants judged to have struck the best poses were Morgan Ward, aged nine, from Handsworth, who won an iPhone, and 15-year-old Molly Lanaghan, from Branton, Doncaster, who got an iPad Air.

Issabelle’s Appeal promotes research into neuroblastoma, the aggressive childhood cancer Issabelle suffered from.

Kelly said she decided to back the cause after meeting Issabelle when she attended iceSheffield for a visit.

She said: “I was really touched by this little girl. She was really happy and just the same as the other kids, apart from not having the same energy levels.”