NEWS IN BRIEF: Magnificent sum in Brenda’s name

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A CHARITY supporter aiming to raise £52,000 for the Sheffield hospital which treated his late wife is nearing his target.

Olympic torchbearer Acker Shaw, of Rossington, Doncaster, has raised £41,000 for West Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

His wife Brenda died in December 2000 and since then he has been striving to raise a thousand pounds for every year of her life.

Acker, 63, of Station Road, said: “We set a target and we’ve stuck to it. We’ve had so many people come up to us in the street with cash, cheques and offers to donate money. People have been fantastic and I’m incredibly grateful.”

Among the latest donations to the cause is £250 from Mecca Bingo in Doncaster. To help Acker raise money in Brenda’s name call him on 01302 866 514.

Tenants take care

STUDENTS beginning courses at Sheffield and Hallam universities are urged to use a regulated lettings agent if they are still looking for accommodation to ensure they are fully protected throughout the letting and tenancy.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has warned that students are an easy target for unprincipled landlords, who are making large amounts of money by charging high rents for worn out and neglected properties.

Runners wanted

ORGANISERS of a new trail race in Barnsley are calling on all runners to sign up for the event. The first Wentworth Castle Five-Mile Trail Race will be held on Saturday, September 8, at 11am. To register email or call 01226 204 409.