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Steel company to shine at hospice ball

A Sheffield steel company has stepped in to add extra polish to Rotherham hospice’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Workers who normally create metals for bridges and power stations were tasked with creating striking table decorations for a black tie ball set to be one of the most glittering events in the hospice’s history.

Outokumpu Stainless Distribution UK have fashioned mirrorball-style centrepieces from brush-polished stainless steel.

The 20 plaques are laser-etched with details of the anniversary and will be auctioned off on the night.

Jamie Sharp, MD at Outokumpu Stainless Distribution UK, said: We were delighted to get involved in helping  maximise fundraising at the ball. The hospice needs to raise £2.2 million a year through voluntary support to continue its amazing work. And it was also a good opportunity for Outokmpu’s team to show their skills.

“We produce over two million tonnes of steel a year for large-scale global construction projects. In comparison this task was very small, but also a really interesting and rewarding challenge for our profile division.”

The Outokumpu site, based at Sheffield’s Europa Link, has already played a major part in supporting Rotherham Hospice.

It provided materials and profiling skills for the creation of the soon to be launched Tree Of Life, a sculpture which stands in the hospice gardens on Broom Road.

The public can buy stainless steel leaves and sections of bark and add them to the 1.5 tonne steel tree as a tribute to loved ones.

Outokumpu has donated two years’ worth of steel leaves and bark sections for the sculpture, which was designed by Sheffield artist Steve Mehdi, the Yorkshire Man Of Steel creator.

Company workers have also entered the 2016 Master Cutler’s Challenge, which encourages participants to use entrepreneurial skills and teamwork to turn £50 into as much money as possible.

Rotherham Hospice and St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield are this year’s beneficiaries and are set to receive a sizeable sum from Outokumpu. Its workers have already made £1,000 and still have numerous events planned, including running in the Sheffield Half-Marathon and a Battle Of The Sexes Bake-Off.

The anniversary ball, at Aston Hall Hotel on April 16, will feature a three-course dinner and musicians and singers straight from London’s West End, TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor.

Tickets, priced £75, or £70 a head for tables of 10 or 12, are still available from Rotherham Hospice’s Fundraising Team on 01709 308917or

The 20 plaques are laser-etched with details of the anniversary and will be auctioned off on the night

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