Art aid for street children

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Staff at a Sheffield insulation firm helped raise awareness of street children by donating materials for charity workshops.

Panel Systems donated 16 Styrofoam blocks for use as foundations by schoolchildren building model cities of Rio de Janeiro and London.

The company responded to a request by Threefold Architects to supply the material for workshops involving the charity Street Child World Cup, which works to improve the lives of street children through football and art.

Panel Systems designed the Styrofoam base models at its centre in Parkwood Springs, making two basic pyramids, a rectangle and a circular base.

Staff also provided design and technical support to the architects behind the project for the models’ construction.

Matthew Driscoll, of Threefold, said: “We identified Styrofoam as the best material as it is lightweight yet strong.

“ It was important within the design to make component parts that could easily be transported, assembled and disassembled.”