Master Cutler raises over £200k for local cancer charity

This year’s Master Cutler James Tear and his wife Jo have raised an incredible £200,000 this year in aid of Sheffield-based charity Cavendish Cancer Care.

Alongside their own fundraising efforts has been the Master Cutler’s Challenge. The Challenge asks businesses, organisations and membership groups to grow a £50 seed fund as much as possible, using any legal or ethical means. The challenge has taken place annually since 2008 and is one of the largest fundraising events in the region, raising over half a million pounds for local causes.

Over the last six months, a range of events and sponsored challenges have been organised by over 65 businesses and local schools. From football tournaments to talent shows, 12-hour walks to a city-wide Monopoly, and everything in between. COOPS EMBS, a local facilities management company, took away the Master Cutler’s Challenge Award after raising an incredible £23,257.73 from their £50 stake. They hosted over 15 different events throughout the challenge including a 168-hour continuous cycle challenge involving 44 people.

James said, “In a year of uncertainty off the back of the pandemic, and into a cost-of-living crisis, it is brilliant to see the Sheffield community coming together for the Master Cutler’s Challenge and raising such an incredible amount for our chosen charity.”

A further six awards were given out including to Bents Green Special Education School for using their entrepreneurial efforts to organise and run a raffle engaging with local businesses, growing their £50 to an impressive £644.


CEO of The Archer Project sleeps rough for 14 days

The CEO of Sheffield-based homeless charity, The Archer Project, slept out in church yards for 14 days throughout October to raise awareness around the harsh reality of homelessness and rough sleeping.

Beginning on October 2, Tim Renshaw swapped home comforts for church yards in his mission to make a change in the lives of the homeless.

Homelessness is on the rise in Sheffield, with an increase in house prices and stagnant earnings forcing people to live on the streets.

Founded in 1990, The Archer Project supports homeless and vulnerable people living in Sheffield and the wider region. The charity aims to build relationships with struggling individuals and looks at the bigger picture of how education, mental wellbeing and health care impact homeless people. The charity also provides practical assistance in finding work and housing for those needing support.

Tim slept in various locations across the Sheffield region, where he began his first night of the ‘Sleep Out Slog’ at St Mark’s Church, Mosborough. From there, the CEO continued his journey sleeping in church yards in Shiregreen, Eyam and Stocksbridge to name a few.

Tim said: “We need more housing and we need better quality housing at the cheaper end of the market. But we also need to listen to the stories of those who have been homeless and how they moved away from the street. Time and again it is relationships that hold the key.”



Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k enjoys another successful year

The Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k has been hailed a great success by organisers, event partners and participants after more than 1000 runners took part in the event on Sunday, October 16.

Around 12 organisations also took part in the first Pronto Paints Wellbeing Challenge, a team entry into the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10K’s events.

The event also helped raise thousands for good causes across the region, with circa £30,000 pledged for charities including main charity partners – Redbrik Foundation, Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospice and North Anston-based Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, along with many other charities selected by the runners from across the region.



Make the most of available grants
By Wendy Ward, Let’s Save

Between now and the end of 2022 – yes, it won’t take long for it to be the end of 2022 – there are going to be some significant grant funding pots to apply for if you are a non-profit, social enterprise or charity.

On a local basis, we are waiting for the details of the Levelling Up funding to be released into South Yorkshire and there is more funding coming from the Cost of Living Funding, where people are donating their council tax refunds to build up a pot of money to be redistributed for those in need.  Keep an eye out for these funding streams on Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF) websites, details will be released via South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB) regular newsletters.

On a national basis, Comic Relief have been quiet over the summer months, making changes to their website and application process and they opened their small and main funds on October 31. Grants up to £10k are available, with £1,000 of this for help with professional services for your organisation, like business planning, marketing strategy and financial planning.

Keep an eye out for Children in Need opening up early next year too, once again November brings their annual television appeal, so once all funds are gathered in, the funding opportunities will be available on their website too.

If you need help relating to funding strategy, getting bid ready, researching funding opportunities which you are eligible for or writing bid content, get in touch, it’s what I do.