Three cheers for team of fundraising fun runners

The Sheffield University cheerleaders who are taking part in the City's half marathon to raise funds for breast cancer care.

The Sheffield University cheerleaders who are taking part in the City's half marathon to raise funds for breast cancer care.

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Give me an S! These lasses are gearing up to take to the streets of Sheffield for the city’s half marathon on Sunday.

The girls are all members of the University of Sheffield’s cheerleading squad - the Sheffield Sabre Cats.

The 16 girls are running in pink to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.

Member Lucy Gosling, aged 19, who lives in Crookes, said: “There are about 60 of us in the squad and those who aren’t running will be cheering the others on.

“This is the first big fundraising event we’ve done. Breast cancer is something that we are all aware of, being a big group of girls, and it’s the ideal charity for us.

“The cause is close to a lot of the girls’ hearts and a lot of us know someone who has been affected.”

The girls taking part in the 13.1mile race are Lucy, Rachel O’Shea, Ellie James, Louise Cloney, Abi Windsor, Santana Deen, Amy Smith, Sayeeda Ojulari, Mary Curran, Sophie Leeland, Rachel Johnson, Emma Gibson, Amy Philips-Jones, Mica Anthony, Emma Huelin and Kate Faulkner.

The women have already raised £1,990 but are aiming to raise even more.

Also running are Sheffield theatre school principal Helen Green and her classroom assistant Vanessa Holmes.

Helen, who is principal of Razzamataz Theatre School, based at Sheffield College in Norton, is running to raise cash for Razzamataz’s Future Fund.

The fund will be used to help a Razzamataz student in their final year achieve their performing ambitions.

The Sheffield branch is part of a national chain of part-time performing arts schools which shot to fame on BBC’s Dragons’ Den after an investment from Duncan Bannatyne.

Duncan said: “I wish all the Razzamataz runners the best of luck in the Sheffield Half Marathon.

“This is a great way to kick start the Future Fund charity campaign and shows how committed the Razz team are to their students.”

Helen said: “I’m not really a runner at all but I believe very much in our charity so it’s great to be involved.

“Razzamataz is all about our students benefiting from the hugely positive effects that the performing arts have.

“As well as improving health and fitness, participation in theatre arts has been shown to benefit children in many different areas as they acquire life and performance skills.”

n Log on to www.justgiving.com/shefsabrecats to sponsor the cheerleaders and www.justgiving.com/greengate to sponsor the theatre school team.

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