Sheffield skaters in shape for charity appeal

Skaters are stretching out for charity.

Skaters are stretching out for charity.

Sheffield figure skaters are to pull some of their best poses to raise money in memory of a city schoolgirl who died aged just seven from cancer.

Kelly Buddery, a coach at iceSheffield, has arranged the fundraising challenge to support Issabelle’s Appeal, which promotes research into neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.

It was formed in memory of St Thomas More schoolgirl Issabelle Futter, from Parson Cross, who died in December 2012 following a battle against the disease.

Mum-of-two Kelly, aged 40, from Hunters Bar, is asking her current and former students to post photos of themselves in skating positions to her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages in exchange for a minimum £2 donation to the charity.

Kelly said she was backing the cause after meeting Issabelle when she attended iceSheffield for a visit.

She said: “I was really touched by this little girl. She was really happy and just the same as the other kids, apart from not having the same energy levels.”

She is aiming to raise £1,000 for the cause and has already collected more than £250 after setting up a JustGiving page earlier this week. For more information, or to donate, visit




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