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Boost for Bluebell Wood following Master Cutler’s Challenge

8 October 2018

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United has pledged a near four-figure sum to a local children's charity following a series of matches on the Bramall Lane pitch, which raised money for good causes.

During the 2018 close season, the club allowed staff and others associated with the club to take part in football matches on the Lane's hallowed turf, with money raised by the matches donated to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, a nominated charity of the Blades. The total raised was £890.

The games were part of the Master Cutler's Challenge, a fundraising initiative which raised almost a quarter of a million pounds for the North Anston-based hospice during May after Master Cutler Ken Cooke selected the charity as the main cause for the challenge in 2018. The annual challenge has raised more than £1.8 million for good causes since it was launched 11 years ago.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at United, said: "The matches which took place at Bramall Lane were fantastic in raising funds for a great cause. It's a rare privilege to get the chance to play on the pitch, and to do so while raising vital funds for a brilliant local charity is even better.

"The Master Cutler's Challenge fits with our ethos here at United. As a community-focused football club, it's always great to help superb local causes."

Rachael Dawes, corporate fundraising manager at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, said: "We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Sheffield United for taking part in the Master Cutler's Challenge and for the generous donation.

"Every penny helps families facing unimaginably tough times across South Yorkshire and beyond, giving them the opportunity to make magical memories, whether they have days, months or years left together."


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