VOTE: The Queen Of Sheffield - crown one of our five inspirational finalists

Vote: The Star's Queen of Sheffield competition.
Vote: The Star's Queen of Sheffield competition.
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IT’S your chance to vote for one of our five inspirational finalists - to crown one of them The Star and Meadowhall’s Queen of Sheffield!

The Star backed Meadowhall shopping centre campaign aims to recognise an exceptional unsung heroine.

Now it’s up to you - our readers - to vote to decide who wins the title and takes home a makeover, personal styling, plus £100 of clothes and a meal for eight.

Reasd about each one and then below, find out how to vote for the one of your choice.

Brenda Charles, 63, from Meersbrook:

Modest Brenda Charles insists she does nothing extraordinary.

But family of the 63-year-old great-grandmother say she ‘never stops’ - and nominated her for pulling the community together with charity events, and juggling work with helping out family.

Street parties, carol singing and a fundraising do for Haiti are among Brenda’s achievements.

Brenda, from Meersbrook in Sheffield, said: “I just like doing things as a family, keeping it and the community together.

“I don’t do it for rewards - there are more deserving people than me.

“It’s important because I was brought up in the Caribbean and we always helped out there in the community.”

Helen Smith, 39, from Hangingwater:

Helen Smith, 39, has made a difference to many people’s lives in her work as a team leader at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

One family to whom she was a ‘huge support’ felt they may not have coped without their ‘living angel’ and nominated her in gratitude.

Helen, of Hangingwater, Sheffield, who has worked at the hospice for two years, said: “It’s nice to know that what we do does make a difference.

“It is a hard job to do but I think we get inspiration from the families because what they go through is so much worse.”

Staff at the hospice, which supports 150 families in the area, said Helen’s nomination was a ‘testament to the work done every day’.

Leanne Bonser, 26, from Bentley:

Selfless mum Leanne Bonser, of Bentley in Doncaster, knows all about giving back.

She has one son Joshua, aged two, and is currently fostering a newborn.

The 26-year-old, who registered for her role four years ago, has had some bad luck - including her house flooding two Christmases ago.

Louise said: “It is fantastic now but it’s been hard getting there.

“Fostering is something that I always wanted to do - even when writing stories at school I wanted to help look after other people’s kids!

“There are so many kids out there who need a family.”

Elizabeth Wantling, 18, from Hoyland:

When Elizabeth Wantling’s mum saw the sign for our contest at Meadowhall she sneaked off to put her charitable daughter’s name forward.

She wanted to praise her daughter’s constant fundraising work for cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease charities.

The raffles, events and charity shop work began after Elizabeth starting giving back following her brother Daniel’s diagnosis with diabetes.

Elizabeth, just 18, of Hoyland, Barnsley, said: “Mum said she was going off to another shop that day and when I found out she’d nominated me I started to cry!

“I have had family members die of cancer and my gran has Alzheimer’s.

“I don’t want people going through the same thing, so I raise money to help them.”

Rose Boaler, 60, from Gleadless:

Rose Boaler juggles family life with community projects and working part time to help people with learning disabilities get into employment.

The family used to foster children and Rose still helps her daughter with childcare.

The 60-year-old, of Gleadless, Sheffield, was nominated by proud son Chris.

She said: “I think I like to help because I was brought up as one of seven. We didn’t have much but we had a good work ethic and caring for other people has always been part of that.

“I was quite touched to be nominated.”


For your chance to vote for your Queen of Sheffield text STA (SPACE) followed by QUEEN (SPACE), followed by the name of the person you are wishing to vote for, your name and address to 61500.

Deadline for entries is Friday, July 13 at noon.

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