Charity Corner - Thousands of pounds raised for good causes across South Yorkshire

Family and friends of Ben Degg presenting their cheque to St Luke's Hospice staff.
Family and friends of Ben Degg presenting their cheque to St Luke's Hospice staff.

Friends and family of Sheffield bar manager Ben Degg have raised £15,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

Ben, who was 32 and lived with his wife Jen and children George and Edie in Meersbrook, Sheffield lost his battle against cancer just a few weeks ago.

A team of 26 cyclists got on their bikes for a sponsored ride from Sheffield to Kirby in Nottinghamshire, a 55 mile route - and they raised £8,000.

Then a team of almost 50 runners also competed in the Morrison’s Great Yorkshire Run, adding a further £6,000 to the total.

A collection at Ben’s funeral brought the final total for the Sheffield hospice up to £15,000.

Meanwhile, Brewster Pratap Recruitment Group, which has offices in Doncaster and Sheffield, is holding a charity pub quiz in Vodka Revolution in Sheffield on Tuesday, November 17, in aid of Mission Christmas, which distributes gifts to vulnerable children.

Rather than pay an attendance fee, organisers are asking people to take along a child’s toy, to be donated to the appeal.

Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 8pm.

Contact Pete Shillito on 0114 399 0590 or email for details.

Sales employees from global snack provider, Mondelēz International have spruced up the outdoor garden area at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham, as part of Global Volunteer Month.

A team of 14 spent the afternoon weeding, trimming trees, edging areas of the ground, and pulling out large bushes to make way for a new accessible path.

A dedicated family duo from Doncaster, who have been affected by cancer more than once, completed a gruelling coast to coast walk in October to raise vital funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Ryan Sheppeck and his dad, Tony, plus family friend, Martin Knowles, decided to take on the ultimate challenge of crossing the country on foot, after both Tony and Ryan’s mum Margaret were diagnosed with cancer.

Ryan, Tony and Martin walked 192 miles from Robin Hoods Bay to St Bees over ten days.

Meanwhile, Barnsley runner and photographer Steve Frith, aged 63, has raised £6,000 for Malaria No More UK.

Steve travels around the region often accompanied by Willow, his faithful Border Collie, to photograph fellow runners.

Every photo posted on his Flickr page can be downloaded for free, but Steve always encourages a donation to be made to Malaria No More UK in exchange, with over 600 donations received to date. Steve also personally donates £5 for every event attended.

Steve said: “Supporting Malaria No More UK was a no brainer - I find it shocking that in parts of Africa, malaria is the biggest preventable cause of school absenteeism, what’s more, it is tragically responsible for up to half of all deaths of school children. This shouldn’t be happening in this day and age as malaria is easy to prevent and costs less than £1 to treat.”

The White Heart in Penistone is set to host the Penistone Beer festival between Friday, November 20 and Sunday, November 22.

There will be a range of approximately 30 real ales and craft ciders on offer and live music all weekend.

Entrance is free and The White Heart will be trying to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which will have representatives at the event all weekend.

The fun starts at 5pm on Friday 20, and from noon on both Saturday and Sunday.