Hundreds of Meadowhall staff have signed up a unique pledge initiative to help a host of Sheffield charities and communities this year, as part of the Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
A total of 345 pledges have been made by the Centre’s staff - including individuals and teams from all corners of the centre – based in senior management, security and maintenance right through to HR and customer service.
Some of the pledges are linked to raising funds for Meadowhall’s chosen charity St Luke’s Hospice, others are commitments to helping local communities such as litter picks in Wincobank or taking part in reading schemes at local primary schools.
Some staff have agreed to forfeit their lunch money or join a salary sacrifice scheme for the year. Others successfully completed the recent Race 4 Life that sets off every year from Meadowhall.
Centre Director, Darren Pearce, said: “We always try to be a good neighbour and support a number of community projects every year, but this year is particularly special because of our 25th anniversary.
“I’m particularly proud of the way the staff have risen to this particular challenge and are really going out of their way to help various Sheffield communities and charities in so many different ways, both financial and practical.”
Tens of thousands of pounds have already been raised by various activities, including a recent 90-mile hike following Hadrian’s Wall across the North of England which collected around £10,000 for St Luke’s.
Hundreds of man hours have also been devoted as part of the pledges including 75 hours of litter-picking around Wincobank.
Caroline Jansaker who works in the Events team at Meadowhall, said: “I chose to take part in the Wincobank litter pick and the Hadrian’s Wall challenge and really enjoyed both activities as they were so different. I know I was helping different people in very different ways and that’s what the whole pledge idea is about.”
Other pledges still to come this year include:
Assault Course Challenge/ 24 hour bike ride around Meadowhall
Charity football match/ Yorkshire team challenge 3 peaks walk Charity Clay Pigeon shoot
Night Strider Event St. Luke’s gardening party/volunteering at Darnall Community Carnival
Giving up chocolate/wine for a week for a month
Walk to work week and donate cost saving to St Luke’s/sponsored weight loss.
The Centre celebrates its 25th birthday on Friday September 4, 2015.