VIDEO: Sheffield community’s ice bucket challenge

Shivering Sheffielders came together to be the latest to take on a mammoth icy charity challenge which is sweeping the globe.

Michael Brocklebank organised a 1,000-bucket ice challenge for Handsworth, for which he roped in family, friends and fellow residents to take part.

People of all ages took part in the mass ice bucket challenge in Handsworth

People of all ages took part in the mass ice bucket challenge in Handsworth

The chilly challenge, which took place at Handsworth Community Park, saw participants of all ages plunge buckets of freezing-cold water and ice over their heads to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Michael staged the event in memory of his late wife Natalie, who died of Motor Neurone Disease in June aged just 29, after battling the condition for five years.

So far Michael has raised almost £2,500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, where research is taking place to find a cure for the degenerative illness.

The 34-year-old led the Handsworth ice bucket challenge which featured buckets laid out to spell ‘Nat, Nat’, which was Natalie’s nickname to the children she looked-after while working as a child minder.
The challenge took place in a domino effect with each person dousing themselves in icy water before running to join the back of the queue until all 1,000 buckets were empty.

Michael said: “This challenge started in America – and now were are throwing it back at them by nominating them to do a 5,000-bucket ice challenge!

“I wanted to do the event to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association but also to raise awareness of the disease, as many people don’t know what it is.

“This is very close to my heart after losing Natalie to the disease in June.

“It’s been an emotional day but I’m really pleased with the support from everybody – it just goes to show what can be done when a community comes together.

“We’re hoping to raise £10,000 and hope our mass challenge will encourage other people to try to top us and raise further awareness of the cause.”

In a separate charity ice challenge, staff at Tesco Express on Dykes Hall Road, Hillsborough, will be getting soaked in freezing water today to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease and to encourage donations to fund research into the illness.