Woman of Steel Kathleen Robertson (centre) with Barry Hearn and Julie Dore.
World Snooker has donated 5,000 pounds towards a statue to honour Sheffield’s Women Of Steel.
Pic: Woman of Steel Kathleen Robertson (centre) with Barry Hearn and Julie Dore.
The money will go towards the appeal for a £150,000 statue outside Sheffield City Hall to honour the Women Of Steel, who helped to win two World Wars by keeping the steel works and factories going in Sheffield while men went off to fight.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to help raise money for this fantastic cause. The story of the Women of Steel is a remarkable one and it’s important that there is a permanent memorial in recognition of the service they gave to their country during two World Wars.”
Cllr Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s fantastic that World Snooker, which is so much a part of Sheffield, is supporting our Women of Steel appeal in this way and helping to make the tribute to these wonderful women a reality.”
Kathleen Roberts, one of the Women of Steel, added: “I always follow the snooker from the Crucible and it was such an honour to receive the donation just before the final.”
Over £21,000 for the same cause was raised at the annual Cue Ball which took place last month.
Snooker’s World Championship takes place each year at the Crucible Theatre, supported by Sheffield City Council.
For more information see www.sheffield.gov.uk/womenofsteel