NEW Master Cutler Ken Cooke has chosen children’s hospice Bluebell Wood as beneficiaries of his Master Cutler’s Challenge.
The North Anston charity will receive funds raised during the 2017/18 initiative, which has raised £1.3 million for good causes in the last ten years.
Mr Cooke, owner of Sheffield machinery repair firm CTW Hardfacing, became the 379th Master Cutler in October.
He has asked businesses to turn an initial sum of £50 into as much as possible by coming up with fundraising ideas.
“I’m delighted to have nominated Bluebell Wood for the Master Cutler’s Challenge this year,” said Mr Cooke.
“This is a vital charity for families dealing with some of the most difficult times imaginable. It’s here for people in this region 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but relies on fundraising to keep its doors open.
“I’m hoping that the enthusiasm, commitment and ingenuity of everyone taking part in the Master Cutler’s Challenge will help to make a real difference over the next 12 months.”
The Cutler’s Company has played a huge and influential role in the South Yorkshire steel industry since 1624.
It was formed to ensure high standards of cutlery and continues to promote the values and skills of manufacturing.
Bluebell Wood corporate fundraising manager Rachael Dawes said: “On behalf of Bluebell Wood and all our families, I’d like to say thank you to Ken and The Cutler’s Company for making us the challenge’s charity this year. It is a real honour to be chosen.”
The challenge will be officially launched in early 2018 but fundraising can begin straight away.
Companies and community groups wishing to take part in the challenge can contact Rachael on Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01909 517367.