Have a heart on Valentine’s Day, charities urge

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Sheffield Cathedral will be spreading love ahead of Valentine’s Day when it hosts a concert in aid of one of the city’s most loved charities.

The Valentine’s Celebration concert will raise vital funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and has been organised after a similar event was postponed in December due to bad weather.

The concert, at 2pm tomorrow, will feature performances from Stannington Brass Band and Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir.

John Reilly, the voice of Sheffield band Boy on a Dolphin and Acoustic Angels, will also make a special guest appearance at the event, with pianist Lewis Nitikman.

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “It is a real honour to once again have a concert in the cathedral.

“As Weston Park is one of only three dedicated cancer hospitals in the UK, we hope as many people as possible will support this wonderful occasion.”

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children and OAPs, and will be available at the door.

Meanwhile, a charity is asking lovers to show they care on Valentine’s Day by sending a special message through its website for a donation.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has launched the Love is in the Air campaign encouraging people to make a pledge to the charity rather than splashing out on expensive gifts.

Messages will appear on a board on its website - www.yaa.org.uk - with a copy sent to your loved one by email.

All money raised will go towards the £7,200 the service needs daily.

And Sheffield folk are being urged to have a heart this Valentine’s Day by giving blood.

Visit the Blood Donor Centre in Cathedral Court, Church Street, city centre, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 4.30pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from midday to 7pm.