Christmas is about to come early for Sheffield’s Women Of Steel with their £150,000 statue appeal set to reach its target - if all tickets can be sold for one last concert, writes Graham Walker.
The Star backed appeal, for a statue to honour the women who kept the munitions steel mills working during two world wars, is just short of the total.
Just £3,500 now required will be reached if all tickets sell for a Women Of Steel Folk Show at Sheffield Cathedral, on Wednesday, November 26.
Award winning stars, some of the biggest in British folk music, will be appearing including Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, John Tams, Barry Coope, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Roy Bailey, Ray Hearne, Nat Johnson and friends are all appearing for free at the show.
Tickets £18 each, may be subject to booking fee. Buy in person from the Cathedral Shop or online at www.sheffieldcathedral.org.
The target looks set to be reached within a year of the sell out all-star pop and rock concert in the City Hall last November, which starred Tony Christie, Heaven 17, ABC’s Martin Fry, Grammy award winner Eliot Kennedy and a whole host of celebrities, which raised more than £60,000.
It inspired hundreds of people across the region to help hit the target,
Dozens of families who have a nan who was a woman of steel have donated £5 and £10; and others have got together to arrange events where they had fun as well as collecting sizeable sums for the appeal. An Alternative Burns Night brought in £300; a Desert Island Cinema screening of the Full Monty produced another £300; Investec staff did an number of events which raised a further £350 and staff and customers at the Merrie Monk imaginatively raised £550.
Music and musicians have featured prominently over the summer, with £3,000 coming from a Music in the Round Concert with Ensemble 360; More than £500 being donated by Councillors Pat Midgley and John Campbell from a concert by Tom Donaldson Badger; Mike Lawton’s Elvis nights shaking £400 out of people’s pockets.
In addition, Sheffield College contributed more than £1,600 from a special dinner attended by some of the women and Sheffield University staff and students pooled their efforts to donate more than £2,000.
And individuals like Lindsay Cummings, who ran the London Marathon in honour of her Nan, exceeded all her expectations by earning £1,500.
The World Snooker Championship Cue ball in Sheffield donated its proceeds of £20, and then the World Snooker organisation itself chipped in with another £5,000 and El Paso restaurant gave all the proceeds from their launch - £750 - to the Appeal and the Women of Steel Ale from Chantry Brewery is still bringing in finds.
As a result the £150,000 target is just £3,500 away.
“The public response has been quite humbling and totally overwhelming, and has show how dearly these magnificent women are cherished, “ said John Palmer, a key organiser, behind the folk concert and co-organiser of the pop and rock show, with The Star’s Graham Walker and Eliot Kennedy.
“The Women have been to so many events they would never have expected to be at in their wildest dreams, and everywhere they have been received with loud applause and welcoming smiles.
“They will be at the Cathedral Folk Concert too and if we sell all the ticket we will have brought an even bigger smile to their faces by getting past the finish line”.
Donate now at www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel.