Steelers bear all in support of charities

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THEY might be tough-tackling on the ice – but Sheffield Steelers ice hockey players showed their cuddly sides when they made bears for charity.

The players visited the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Meadowhall, to make gifts to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Amy’s House.

Amy’s House gives children with special needs the chance to play and interact with their brothers and sisters at the charity’s base in Sheffield, giving parents and carers respite time.

The bears were auctioned off at the Motorpoint Arena, Attercliffe, on Saturday as the Steelers defeated Hull Stingrays 2-1, while fans were asked to donate their own bears at the game and, when the Steelers scored their first goal, the crowd threw the bears onto the ice.

The toys will be shared between local nurseries and charities.