News in brief: Owl Mary cleans up

SHEFFIELD Wednesday cleaning manager Mary Kitson, who has been working for the club for 34 seasons, received a high commendation for the Unsung Hero Award at the Football League Awards.

Mary, aged 69, who lives near the ground, organises the cleaning schedule for the stadium and Middlewood Road training ground. She helped Liverpool fans during the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster and was at the forefront in cleaning up after the 2007 floods.

Judges said she has made “a remarkable contribution to Sheffield Wednesday, way beyond the call of duty, epitomised by the compassion she has shown for others”.

Homes plan refused

CONTROVERSIAL plans for four detached houses on an overgrown piece of land off New Street, Deepcar, were rejected on Tuesday.

City councillors ruled that the proposed development was too big and overbearing and would mean the loss of protected trees.

Objectors to the application included Stocksbridge Town Council, which warned of overdevelopment, and Deepcar Medical Centre, which was worried about a loss of parking and increased congestion.

Cancer research boost

A BREAST cancer research project based at the University of Sheffield has received a £25,000 contribution from Hallmark Cards as part of its Cards for a Cure campaign.

Prof Nicola Brown said: “Treating breast cancer simultaneously with drugs that both prevent the cancer cells from growing and spreading to other parts of the body has the potential to vastly improve people’s chances of beating breast cancer.

“This project will investigate one such combination of treatments that, if successful, could lead to a new way to treat breast cancer.”

Fell race appeal

PHOTOGRAPHS and other memorabilia are being sought to mark the 65th anniversary of the Hope Wakes fell race in the Hope Valley.

A display is being created for race night on June 29. The new-look 5.9-mile race incorporates a 1,483 ft climb, and a junior fell race has been added.

Since 2007 the event has raised £800 for local charities and £1,500 for Hope Sports Club.

Contact Judith Lane at the Woodbine Café, Castleton Road. Tel 07778 113882 or email