Sheffield store kicks off charity fundraising activities

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STAFF at a Sheffield department store have joined forces with a South Yorkshire charity for an Olympics-inspired fundraiser.

Fresh from the success of London 2012, a team from Dinnington-based charity Safe@Last paired up with John Lewis in the city centre for a challenge.

Charity workers, volunteers and John Lewis employees are all aiming to complete 2,012 minutes of exercise over the next seven weeks.

They hope to raise at least £2,012 to fund work providing a safe haven and support for young people who run away from or are forced to leave home.

The activity is under way, with an in-store programme of cycling, running and walking taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Customers have been cheering them on, alongside Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell, and Safe@Last director Tracy Haycox.

Tracy took along her own torch to allow shoppers to pose with it to boost the charity fund.

Tracy, strategic runaways director at Safe@Last, said: “It is fantastic to see so many people join us in reaching our ‘Challenge 2012’ goal.

“With the success of Team GB at the Olympics everyone is looking to carry on the Olympic spirit.”

Liz Hogan, community liaison co-ordinator of John Lewis in Sheffield, said: “The enthusiasm of customers, partners and the Safe@Last challengers has been amazing.

“We are grateful to everyone who has been involved and we are thankful for the generous donations made so far.”

n The challenge runs until Sunday September 9 and donations are welcome. For information on how to help call 01909 566 977.