Support the Crosspool Christmas Red Box appeal

Paula and Kate with the Crosspool Christmas Red Box
Paula and Kate with the Crosspool Christmas Red Box

A red box has appeared at The Lounge @ Crosspool this week. It’s not a post box, it’s collecting a different kind of gift for Christmas – food.

Kate Hill, a local mum of two, is encouraging residents of Crosspool and the surrounding area to buy one extra item whilst food shopping to drop into the box.

She explained: “The Red Box idea is a simple way to get the community to come together for a great cause. Christmas is a time to remember that we are part of a community and it’s hard to imagine struggling to buy food for our children but the fact is that an increasing number of families just like ours need the support of the Sheffield Food Banks.

“I set up this appeal to support the food banks across Sheffield, primarily the Firth Park Food Bank because it’s an area that I know well.”

With support from Paula Stacey at The Lounge @ Crosspool and other members of the local community, the appeal is to run until Friday 20 December as the last day to drop food donations in.

Pastor Sam Okerenta, of the Royal Assembly church, who runs Firth Park Food Bank said: “There are 15 food banks around Sheffield run by church volunteers, up from eight a year ago. We are now helping up to 60 people a week, from about 15 when we started.”

According to the local food banks, demand is set to increase massively following various benefit cuts.

“If we can make the Crosspool Christmas Red Box Appeal a success in Crosspool then there’s no reason why this kind of community support cannot be extended the whole year round across Sheffield,” added Kate.

Kate is also the founder of the free community network and directory FunMeFit (, which encourages families across the UK to get involved in their community and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

To get involved in the appeal or for more information, contact Kate or pop into The Lounge @ Crosspool.

FunMeFit charity fun day on 16 September at Hallam FC

A Crosspool-based fitness initiative will be holding a free, charity health and fun day on Sunday 16 September from 12-4pm at Hallam football club on Sandygate Road.

The event is being held to promote healthy living in the community and raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust. There’ll be activities such as football and other sports to get involved with, a healthy BBQ with lots of great ideas for a more nutritional grill, stalls from various health-related traders and a raffle, bouncy castle and games. Smoothies and drinks will be available from the new Hallam clubhouse.

Former Tapton pupil Kate Hill is organising the fun day
Former Tapton pupil Kate Hill is organising the fun day

Former Tapton pupil Kate Hill is organising the fun day as part of her FunMeFit initiative. FunMeFit is a central hub for local sports clubs, activity groups and larger organisations to list details about what they’re doing so that families in Sheffield and further afield can choose what activity to try next and get active.

Kate recently moved back to Crosspool after a decade living in other areas of Sheffield. She said: “We’re a family trying to help other families feel like part of a community with support and resources to get healthy and find fun activities to take part in. I organised this free event to make more people aware of what we’re trying to do and to raise money for a very worthy cause. Whatever the weather, there will be lots going on.”

Kate is also looking for any local businesses to support the fun day, for example through raffle prizes or healthy BBQ food. You can get in touch with her using or via the FunMeFit website.

FunMeFit charity fun day – 16 September 2012

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