Call to join Women of Steel statue fundraisers

Launch of Star Walk at Hillsborough Sports Arena with Sheffield's Women of Steel with the Women of Steel Statue LtoR. Kathleen Roberts,Kitty Sollitt,Ruby Gascoigne,Dorothy Slingsby
Launch of Star Walk at Hillsborough Sports Arena with Sheffield's Women of Steel with the Women of Steel Statue LtoR. Kathleen Roberts,Kitty Sollitt,Ruby Gascoigne,Dorothy Slingsby
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People across Sheffield are being urged to put their best foot forward to help raise money for the Women of Steel statue.

Council leader Julie Dore put a motion before council yesterday appealing for councillors and members of the public to help raise the £150,000 needed.

She said: “We recognise that these women are an inspiration - our city is extremely proud of their achievements.”

The statue, designed by renowned sculptor Martin Jennings, will stand in Barker’s Pool in recognition of the women who worked in the steel mills during the two world wars.

The first major fundraiser is The Star Walk which gets underway at 11am on Sunday, March 28.

It is just a one mile lap of Hillsborough Park so all ages, including the Women of Steel who are now in their 80s and 90s, can take part.

There will be entertainment and music at the event which is planned as a family fun day. So far the youngest entrant is two and the oldest 93.

Entry for The Star Walk is £10 adults and £5 children. To register visit thestar.co.uk/starwalk or call 0114 2521299.

Other Women of Steel fundraisers planned including a concert at the City Hall in November.