Sheffield firms raise thousands of pounds in Master Cutler’s Challenge

Mistress Cutler Jane Pedder launches the DLA Piper Monopoly event

Mistress Cutler Jane Pedder launches the DLA Piper Monopoly event

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The outgoing Master Cutler has praised the ingenuity and inventiveness behind fundraising events which have raised more than £100,000 for his charity challenge.

A total of 90 teams from across Sheffield signed up for the 2014 Master Cutler’s Challenge to turn £100 into as much money as possible.

Teams, including large companies, schools and individuals, organised more than 200 events ranging from leg waxing and horse grooming to a 32-hour bike ride and swimming the equivalent of the English Channel.

The largest donation came from Sheffield legal firm DLA Piper which raised £7,106.57 through its now annual life-size city Monopoly game, cake bake and dodge ball match.

Master Cutler Tony Pedder, who is also chairman of Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “The challenge follows a tested format but we were amazed by the sheer volume and variety of fundraising events and how hard teams have worked to generate so much money for my two chosen causes.

“We attracted a range of companies, small and large, from across the region, who entered into the spirit of the challenge, and we saw some crazy events and innovative challenges take place.

“I hope we have not only encouraged an innovative spirit but brought together workforces and friends to raise money for local good causes and help boost their profile within our community.”

Money raised during the challenge will be split between Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and Sheffield Hospitals Charity supporting the Jessop Wing neonatal intensive care and maternity hospital.

An awards ceremony was held last night at Whirlow Hall Farm for those who took part in the challenge.

Mr Pedder will step down on Tuesday, October 7.