Sheffield fire hit charity will bounce back

Liz Carrington at the Reclaim site destroyed by a massive blaze
Liz Carrington at the Reclaim site destroyed by a massive blaze
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Disabled adults who lost their workplace in a massive inferno are helping the fire-hit charity to rise from the ashes.

Staff, volunteers and adults with learning disabilities who use Sheffield Reclaim were left devastated when their base was all but gutted in the blaze in Attercliffe in July.

But now Sheffield gallery Bradbury and Blanchard has offered to help them bounce back by curating an exhibition and silent auction to raise awareness as well as vital cash.

Art created by the 25 trainees who use the charities - and also donated by international artists - will go under the hammer in the event later this month.

Liz Carrington, activity centre manager at Reclaim, said: “The aim of the event is to give our trainees something to focus on.

“At Reclaim, we strive to help give our service users a sense of belonging and purpose in life.

“We are only a small charity, and the fire – which started elsewhere and spread to our site – has devastated our ability to operate properly.

“Our resources are severely hit and we are in desperate need of any donations, however small, that people may be able to spare.”

Reclaim helps 25 trainees to sort and recycle plastic, as well as learning life skills in an on-site activity centre.

The charity office on Worthing Road was the only building to survive the fire - which sent huge plumes of smoke across Sheffield which were visible from more than 30 miles away.

And only days later the site was targeted by burglars who stole a laptop and donated tools.

Liz said work was continuing to rebuild the site while a replacement activity centre was open and fundraising was ongoing.

She added: “A local artist has been down to brighten up the walls and we have created a new garden space, so things are looking positive.

“We are making the most of a bad situation.”

The exhibition, called Over The Rainbow, will be on view on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

Artists displaying work will include Sheffield illustrator Kid Acne, Spanish artist Ana Castillo, and Florence Blanchard from France.

A silent auction will run throughout at the B&B gallery on Mary Street in Sheffield city centre.

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