Sheffield charities win bank windfall

Sheffield Children's Hospital extension plans.
Sheffield Children's Hospital extension plans.
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Grass-roots sports clubs, youth groups and disability charities are among Sheffield charities celebrating a cash windfall.

Thousands of pounds has been dished out to eight organisations in the city as part of a scheme which invited the British public to decide the good causes most worthy of cash grants.

In the Lloyds Bank community fund project Sheffield groups went head-to-head with 1,324 bids from across England and Wales.

The biggest winners were junior footballers from Stocksbridge Park Steels, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal, Carbrook-based Support Dogs and Upperthorpe-based epilepsy group Fable, which all get £3,000.

Grants of £300 have been awarded to Woodhouse Salvation Army, Friends of Hi 5’s, for young people with learning difficulties, Sheffield Autistic Society playscheme and the Riva Project, a centre helping adults with learning difficulties lead more independent lives in Wisewood.

Graham Lindsay, of Lloyds, said: “We have had an incredible response from the public.

“We know receiving a promotional boost and public support is as important as the financial investment and can have a sustained impact on groups’ engagement with their local community over time.

“Congratulations to every community group in Sheffield that took part. We look forward to hearing about the difference the programme has made.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels will use the cash to finish new playing facilities, while Support Dogs will fund a new canine recruit.

The children’s hospital campaign is raising £20 million towards a transformation of the hospital, including single en-suite rooms, specialist medical equipment and a play tower.

A spokesman for Woodhouse Salvation Army said: “We are a key provider of out-of-school activities for children living in the local community.

“With this funding, we will be able to offer more opportunities of greater interest.”