Sheffield film festival will support city helipad appeal

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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has announced plans to raise funds for the Sheffield Helipad Appeal.

SHAFF has teamed up with Tideswell-based climbing equipment manufacturer, Wild Country, to host a short film screening and Q&A session at the Showroom Cinema on March 12.

The cinema will show climbing film ‘A Brief History of Friends,’ before a Q&A with mountaineer Mark Vallance and climbing writer Niall Grimes. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Helipad Appeal to fund a new landing pad next to the Accident and Emergency Department at the Northern General Hospital.

Festival Director Matt Heason said: “This is the third year that ShAFF has supported Sheffield Hospitals Charity and we are delighted that Wild Country are joining us to help raise funds for the Helipad Appeal.

“With a third of Sheffield’s boundary within the Peak District, the city is a magnet for adventure sports athletes, but the reality is that accidents happen and the rapid response of a helicopter ambulance could be potentially life-saving. As a community of climbers, runners and bikers we would all benefit from this and, as a community based festival, we’re proud to support this appeal.”

David Reynolds, Director of Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: “We really hope this support will encourage people attending the festival to make a donation, as we are so close to reaching our final target. Having access to a new helipad facility is vital for everyone living in Sheffield and the surrounding area. Any one of us could be involved in an accident or medical emergency and in those moments we’d all give anything for the best medical attention possible as quickly as possible.”

Visit www.shaff.co.uk for tickets to the screening.