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Roller Girls' success in our community cash giveaway

EXTREME female skaters and classical musicians were among those to benefit from the first Sheffield Telegraph Community Cash Giveaway. Through the South Yorkshire Community Foundation's Grassroots Grants programme, the Telegraph had a pot of £10,000 for worthwhile projects in Sheffield.

There was a diverse range of successful groups, including the Sheffield Steel Roller Girls who received funding to help raise the profile of a new sport in Sheffield.

Sarah Smart, fundraising officer of SSRG, said: "Roller derby is a national sport that has only got going in the last year or so. There are 30 teams around the UK but only us in South Yorkshire. The grant means everything to us and it's given us the kick start that we needed."

The all-action sport involves two teams of five skaters. Each team member has their own alter-ego that needs approval from the world's roller derby governing body and with aliases such as Mia Malice and ASBO J-Lo, the intensity of the sport becomes quite clear.

Sarah Smart, aka Rio de Jam Hero, said: "Everybody picks an alter-ego and the names are very individual to each player. It's all part of the fun and the entertainment."

Support groups for young families, environment conservation projects and orchestras based in the region were also among the successful applicants.

The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra received funding for a new xylophone. Wendy Maas, said: "We run our orchestra on a shoestring budget, having many expenses to cover. We are non profit making and it would be impossible for an amateur orchestra like ours to afford to purchase an item such as a xylophone.

The orchestra presents four public concerts per year. "It is vital for us to have access to grant funding as a means of gaining necessary permanent equipment for the orchestra which is then available for ongoing rehearsals and public performances," said Wendy.

The Sheffield Telegraph Community Cash Giveaway funded 17 worthy causes throughout the city, with grants ranging from 307 to 700.

Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said: "We are delighted to have been able to work with the Telegraph on this Community Cash Giveaway and with so many local projects benefiting it has been a resounding success.

"Of the groups and projects funded, 15 were making their first ever application for funding to SYCF. Joining up with the Telegraph has allowed us to access some really great groups in the area, the majority of which have never received a grant from SYCF before.

"The extra penetration we have been able to secure through the Telegraph means that even more fantastic causes now know about the support available to them through SYCF."

For information about grants, or to find out how you can help to support local communities visit the website www.sycf.org.uk or call 0114 2424857.

lFull list of grants: Baby Basics and Little Miracles, 700; Bradway Action Group, 500; Dore Garden Club, 594; Friends of Greenhill Park, 521; Fulwood Explorer Scout Unit, 700; Greenhill & Bradway Tenants Association, 650; Hagg House Allotment Association, 307; Kiveton Park & Wales Fencing Club, 700; Lowedges Sheltered Agewell Group, 700; Maat Probe Group, 700; Revitalising Ecclesfield Park & Pavilion Group, 700; Sheffield Local Exchange Trading System, 350; Sheffield Parent Carer Forum, 700; Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, 666; Sheffield Steel Roller Girls, 700; Tuesday After School, 700; Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, 650.

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