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Town Hall reception to honour Sheffield’s Women of Steel

Women of Steel: Dorothy Slingsby, Kitty Sollitt and  Ruby Gascoigne

Women of Steel: Dorothy Slingsby, Kitty Sollitt and Ruby Gascoigne

These Sheffield Women of Steel are still soldiering on in their 90s and their fundraising efforts have been acknowledged with a reception at the Town Hall.

Dorothy Slingsby, Kitty Sollitt and Ruby Gascoigne were thanked for supporting the Women of Steel Appeal by Lady Sykes, Julie Kenny, council leader Julie Dore and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Vickie Priestley.

The appeal is to raise £150,000 for a permanent memorial, a bronze statue in Barker’s Pool outside Sheffield City Hall, to honour the inspiring Women of Steel who kept the steel mills going during two world wars.

Dorothy, Kitty and Ruby, pictured here with a scale model of the statue to be made by Martin Jennings, are three of the surviving women who worked in the factories while the men went to fight during World War Two.

Lady Sykes and Julie Kenny were two of the main sponsors, donating £3,000 each, at the recent Star backed star-studded Women of Steel Concert, co-organised by The Star’s Graham Walker, former Sheffield Hallam University Director of Corporate Communications John Palmer, and Grammy award winner Eliot Kennedy.

The concert raised £62,000 for the charity. A Star Walk and many other community events have helped to raise £110,000 towards the total.

The surviving women, including the three able to attend the Town Hall reception, were praised for tirelessly profiling the appeal with appearances at events, on TV, radio and in the press.

Their bravery, determination, work ethic and guts in the unfamiliar surroundings of the factory floors has been virtually unrecognised over the past 70 years.

Coun Dore said: “This year I have been moved by the number of people who have really pulled together to help support our amazing Women of Steel. As a city we have raised £110,000 so far, and that is unbelievable.

“We’ve had big events like the Star Walk and the Women of Steel concert and I know that out there people have been doing turns, putting on events, doing bake sales and much more.

“We’ve still got a way to go and we can’t get complacent if we are going to make the memorial a reality. Come on Sheffield, we can do this for our Women of Steel!”

Donate to the Women of Steel Appeal at www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel

 

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