The Man of Steel landmark project in Sheffield has helped raise £2,865 for charity.
A 30 metre tall steel sculpture is to be built on the site of the former Tinsley cooling towers alongside the M1 motorway as a landmark at the gateway to Sheffield.
As part of the project members of the public are able to pay to have the names of loved ones inscribed on a heart inside the steel man sculpture.
Ten per cent of the money raised by public donations will be donated to the British Heart Foundation, with £2,865 raised so far.
Steve Mehdi, the sculptor behind the iconic landmark said: “This is a unique opportunity for the public to support the amazing work undertaken every day by the British Heart Foundation’s scientists and researchers, while also helping to bring the Yorkshire Man of Steel to life.
“We are thrilled to present our first donation to the BHF and start making a difference to saving and improving lives now across the region.”
Lauren Mallinson, Fundraising Manager for the BHF in South Yorkshire, said “We are delighted to receive this important initial contribution from the Yorkshire Man of Steel. Our pioneering research has helped revolutionise the treatment of heart attacks and other cardiac conditions. But coronary heart disease is still the UK’s single biggest killer. Through this exciting and growing project, your name – or that of a loved one – will power research that will save lives in all our communities.”
The Man of Steel sculpture is intended to symbolise generations of people who worked in factories and coal mines and forged the region’s reputation as a steel and coal producer.
It is also intended to represent advances in Sheffield’s new technology sector and specialised steel manufacturing.
Visit www.yorkshiremanofsteel.com/heart-of-steel for more details.