Twitter appeal earns support from Sheffield Steelers

A former Sheffield University student has caught the eye of ice hockey giants Sheffield Steelers after launching a twitter campaign to promote his charity run.

Ben Jarvis is preparing for the Neurocare 10km run at Rother Valley Country Park in April – and to raise money he has been tweeting local and international celebrities.

The 33-year-old started fund-raising for Sheffield-based Neurocare, which raises money to buy lifesaving equipment for use in the neuro wards of Sheffield’s hospitals, after his mother-in-law, Ann Clarke, was treated for a double brain aneurysm at the city’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

He said: “The support from people sponsoring me has been amazing. I set myself a target of £1,000 at the start and I have already beaten that.

“I have had donations from family, friends, work colleagues, Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Club and complete strangers on Twitter.

“Former Steeler Pascal Morency made a personal donation, as did Steelers executive David Simms.”

Ben began tweeting about his fundraising last month, and has since been posting an average of 21 times per day to reach his £1,000 target.