Half Marathon in coronavirus crisis charity rallying call 

The Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon is urging people to support the event’s two charity partners ‘in any way possible’ after launching a #FiveForFive fundraising and awareness campaign.

The #FiveForFive challenge encourages people to cover a distance relating to the number five in some form, before donating a minimum of £5 to Ashgate or Bluebell Wood and nominating five others to do the same via social media.

John Timms, Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon event director, said: “The Redbrik Half Marathon’s primary focus is supporting the local community, including Ashgate Hospicecare and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

“Supporting fantastic causes at this time – while staying healthy, within the Government’s current social distancing guidelines – is vital, especially those which support frontline workers and the most vulnerable people.”

Mark Ross, managing director of event headline sponsor Redbrik, said: “At Redbrik, we want to do as much as we can to give back to the local community. This desire is the essence of the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon.

“Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the attention understandably focused on healthcare frontlines, we need to ensure that Ashgate and Bluebell Wood receive more support than ever, in terms of both awareness and funding, so their vital work can continue.”

Sheffield City Trust donates to Sharrow foodbank

Health and wellbeing charity Sheffield City Trust has donated food supplies to Sharrow Community Forum’s foodbank.

It follows the Trust’s recent donations to food banks across the city at the start of the lockdown, and the charity’s generous donation of £4,000 to Voluntary Action Sheffield.

Sheffield City Trust chief executive, Andrew Snelling, said: “We’re delighted that, in the face of a national crisis, we’re still able to make a big difference.

“This is just one example of the many things we do to support the city and I always feel proud of the impact that we have in Sheffield. We’re a charity run by Sheffielders for Sheffielders and we will continue to look for ways we can make a difference to the city.”

As well as offering their support to foodbanks, the charity has been working closely with both the council and NHS – donating over 7,000 items of PPE and nine defibrillators to local hospitals. In addition to this, the car park at the FlyDSA Arena Sheffield is being used as a blood testing site for non-Covid patients.

Sheffield City Trust manage a number venues across the city, including the FlyDSA Arena and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.