SHE’S just £374.59 short of her amazing target to raise £50,000 for Help for Heroes.
Super fundraiser Lorraine Kirkham, from Aston, is a familiar face in the Sheffield markets.
And whenever you see her she’s rattling a tin.
It’s something she has been doing for the last three years with outstanding results thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted Sheffield people.
And now she wants local people to dig deep into their pockets this Saturday for the final push when she will be in the foyer of The Market Place at Crystal Peaks from 9am.
Lorraine said: “I started out wanting to raise £3,000 – but it just snowballed.
“Like everyone, I was shocked with the horrible injuries our boys and girls were coming home from Afghanistan with and I had heard the charity was building a state of the art recovery centre at Headley Court in Surrey where they could go and rebuild their changed and shattered lives.
“I suppose it was all due in part to one of my son’s friends who was in Birmingham’s Selly Oak Hospital with both his legs blown off by an IED.
“He was a dad with four children and he had to be incredibly brave for them.
“By supporting Help for Heroes I always hoped to be able to make a real difference to the rehabilitation of the wounded and provide practical support for our Armed Forces, but this result is staggering.”
Professor Colin Brown, volunteer coordinator for South Yorkshire Help for Heroes, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and I know the wounded men and women of the armed forces and their families are hugely appreciative of Lorraine’s efforts and those who have generously donated by buying Help for Heroes merchandise.”