Sheffield sisters prepare for live Christmas Eve raffle

Two sisters from Sheffield have joined forces to raise funds for a new minibus for Talbot Specialist School.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 1:24 pm
Updated Monday, 30th September 2019, 12:17 pm
Sarah, Max, and Beth
Sarah, Max, and Beth

Sarah Steer and her younger sister Beth Wild are organising a Facebook Live Christmas Eve raffle in aid of the school where Beth currently works, and where Sarah’s son Max will be attending as of next September.

The pair have reached out to local individuals, businesses, and venues to donate prizes which will be used to create a series of hampers. They will then take to Facebook at 7pm on Christmas Eve to raffle the items away.

Sarah, aged 41, of Jordanthorpe, said: “My son Max has got severe disabilities, he can’t walk, can’t talk, and needs 24 hour care. As of next September he will be attending Talbot Specialist School and Beth and I were keen to help them raise enough money to get a minibus, so that they can take the pupils out and do more things with them. Also, as the students get older, the school does a lot of work to get them into adult services, so it’s really important they have access to something like this.”

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The duo has previously raised thousands of pounds for other children’s charities in the UK, including Norfolk Park School where Max is currently a student.

Sarah added: “There are so many charities that it’s really easy to overlook smaller ones, which is why we are keen to give something back to schools like this that do so much.

“We’ve already started collecting prizes and have had some fantastic items donated, so these hampers will make a wonderful early Christmas present for some people, it’s going to be an exciting Christmas Eve.

“If anybody is interested in donating a prize, whether it’s a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, or a voucher for a local experience, we’d absolutely love to hear from you. We’re trying to bring a theme of ‘family’ to this year’s prizes, so some of our vouchers so far include things like a family meal, or a family visit to Magna.”

Email [email protected] to donate or buy tickets.