Star Walkers boost statue appeal funds

The Star Walk 2013
The Star Walk 2013
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You stepped out regardless of age and you donated no matter how little spare cash was in your pocket.

That is why we at The Star were so proud to hand over a cheque for £5,263.49 to the Women of Steel Statue Appeal yesterday.

That is how much we raised at The Star Walk and every penny counts in the bid for a permanent memorial for the women who kept Sheffield’s steelworks producing during the wars.

Kathleen Roberts, who sparked the campaign three years ago, said she was thrilled so many people had taken part and thanked everyone for their support.

She was one of several of the women, now all aged in their 90s, who undertook the mile-long course themselves back in April.

Council leader Julie Dore, who also completed the walk with several city councillors, said: “We are always grateful for big donors but what we have to remember with this is it is lots and lots and lots of people giving small amounts of money and in these very difficult times it is very difficult for them.”

Scores of local businesses also got behind The Star Walk, They included Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors, Hillsborough Arena, FastSigns, Celebrations-Balloons, Hillsborough And Owlerton local history group, St John Ambulance and Stagecoach.

Internationally acclaimed artist Martin Jennings has been commissioned to make the statue, which will stand in Barkers Pool.

A total of £150,000 is needed for the statue and so far approximately a third has been raised in donations and pledges.

More events are planned including a concert and gala dinner at Sheffield City Hall on Saturday, November 9.

See www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel to donate to the appeal.