Beth Stout, 25, is chief executive of Golddigger Trust, a Sheffield-based charity supporting vulnerable young people, aiming to inspire and equip them to make positive, confident choices for their futures. Originally from Liverpool, Beth moved to Sheffield in 2009. She lives in Totley with husband David and a pond full of fish inherited with the house! Golddigger Trust hosts its third annual charity auction evening on Saturday at The Prince Of Wales in Ecclesall Road South. Doors open at 7pm (tickets £15 including two drinks, canapés, live music and prizes; www.golddiggertrust.co.uk).
Prince Of Wales
The Prince Of Wales in Ecclesall Road South holds a special place in my heart, not just as the location of my first date with my now husband, but also as the team there are huge supporters of Golddigger Trust, hosting Golddigger Trust’s charity auction.
They always go above and beyond (and they do really great cocktails!) Their commitment to supporting us as a local charity is incredible as they provide all of the food and drinks for the evening, meaning that every single penny raised goes straight to supporting the charity.
Last year we raised just over £7,000. I wonder if we can go even better this year?
Sheffield Business School
They say you should do something regularly that scares you. Well this year my scary decision was enrolling on a part time masters course in Charity Resource Management at Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School. Having not been a student before, I was most excited that I could get the bus for 80p… it’s the little things!
Cocoa Wonderland in Ecclesall Road is one of the most magical places I’ve been.
What more could a girl want than chocolate, tea and a good giggle with friends?
I love that Cocoa is an organic Sheffield business with great ethics and a lovely attitude. Kate and Anne are also super lovely!
This year we’re delighted to be running four of Golddigger Trust’s a ‘I’m The Girl I Want To Be’ self-esteem courses at Cocoa for teenage girls who’d benefit from time to think, talk and reflect on their thoughts and decisions. Where better than a chocolate shop to do?
St Peter’s Church
I started attending St Peter’s in Greenhill last summer and love being part of a community that cares, and where faith makes a real difference in people’s lives.
I’m involved in running a new monthly ‘brunch church’ service on a Sunday morning, combining coffee, croissants and Christianity as we strive to do real life together and serve those around us.
I love that at St Peter’s, people are themselves - warts and all.
Our unofficial motto is that our church ‘isn’t a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners’.
I find that really helpful as I’m not very good at pretending to be perfect!
My husband and I bought a house a few months ago that required a full gutting and renovation, which meant that we lived without an oven for three months and a shower for about four weeks.
Dave is a really wonderful cook and we are total foodies, so we love having two ovens now.
Dave’s currently working his way through Paul Hollywood’s ‘How To Bake’ book so last weekend I was treated to home-made puff pastry, baguettes and Danish pastries. It’s a hard life!