Head first for charity

Faith Douglas

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LEADING figures across Sheffield have been allowing a new charity initiative to go to their heads.

In the vanguard of supporters of Woolly Hat Day in aid of the Cathedral Archer Project are South Yorkshire Chief Constable Med Hughes, NatWest Account Manager Faith Douglas and DLA Piper partner Stephen Sly.

The project offers a day centre where homeless adults can have hot food, showers, have their laundry done, use the phone, read the papers and receive medical and dental help. It also encourages them take steps towards a more stable lifestyle.

Woolly Hat Day is on Friday, February 11. Fundraising packs are available by contacting fundraising manager Tracy Viner at tracy.viner@sheffield-cathedral.org.uk or calling 3212312.

Dominic’s killer role

LOOK out for Sheffield-born actor Dominic West playing serial killer Fred West in a new ITV drama. The 41-year-old actor, who rose to fame as hard-drinking cop Jimmy McNulty in the gritty HBO drama series The Wire, will appear in the two-part series to be recorded later this year.

Stephen Sly

Stephen Sly

The programme, Appropriate Adult, will centre on the period between Gloucestershire builder Fred West’s arrest and his suicide in his prison cell on New Year’s Day in 1995.

Dominic West, who is to start filming in Manchester later this year, was born in Sheffield and grew up in Grindleford. He later attended Eton public school and Trinity College in Dublin. Last year he received an honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University. Receiving his degree at the City Hall he joked that “the mean streets” of Baltimore, where The Wire was set, was little different from Sheffield.

He told the audience of students and their families that the Wire writer David Simon had taken him around the desolate housing projects of Baltimore and shown him the failing football team and derelict steelworks. He said: “David turned to me and said: ‘It’s depressing, isn’t it?’

“I thought: ‘Not at all… it’s just like home’.”

His grandfather and great-uncle were doctors in Sheffield and his sister continues to be.

Invitation to Fame

WHOSE name should go next in the ‘Walk of Fame’ outside Sheffield Town Hall?

People are being invited to nominate the next local legends.

Nominees must either have been born in Sheffield or have a strong association with the city. A note of around 50 words is required to say why they should receive the honour. Nominations can be sent by post marked ‘Sheffield Legends’ to the Lord Mayor at the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HH or by e-mail to lordmayor@sheffield.gov.uk. Closing date is February 11.