Tramlines donates over £30k to charity

Tramlines Festival has donated more than £30k to charities including Weston Park Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care and Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Each charity was chosen due to their personal connection to members of the Tramlines team; the late festival director Sarah Nulty and long-time supporter of the festival, Sam Cleasby, who is an influential voice for Crohn’s and Colitis sufferers.

Various fundraising streams were set up at the Tramlines 10th Anniversary in 2018 including guest list donations, merchandise and bar spends. Friends and colleagues of Sarah Nulty will continue to raise money for the cancer charities as they embark on the Sheffield Half Marathon on 14 April – over £4,000 has been raised so far and the team are calling for further donations via the My Donate page.

Sarah has also been honoured by the Sheffield Star which has created the ‘Sarah Nulty award for Creativity’ in its newly launched Women of Sheffield Awards.

In a press release sent from Tramlines, a statement – one of which everyone at Exposed wholeheartedly agrees with, said: “Sarah Nulty was director at Tramlines Festival from 2013 – 2018, and sadly passed away at the age of 36 just weeks before she saw her hard work become a reality in the festival’s 10th anniversary event. Sarah was instrumental in the launch of Tramlines in 2009, coordinating venues and handling bookings and later working in the commercial department. Tenacious, innovative and thoroughly unbreakable, Sarah led Tramlines through its toughest and most pivotal times.

“Sarah was a well-loved, galvanising force in Sheffield and as such, her death provoked a huge response with many people wanting to continue her legacy and to honour and support the organisations who helped her during the final months of her life.”

During Tramlines 2018, money was raised in ‘Nulty’s Bar’, a backstage area voluntarily staffed by Sarah’s friends and colleagues. Funds were also raised through guest list donations and by merchandise sold on site including the now iconicBeMoreNulty’ t-shirts.

The result of this fundraising has led to Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care receiving an incredible £14k each. This money will be spent on research and resources for these charities that do so much good work in Sheffield.

Danielle Gigg, festival producer at Tramlines said: “It’s been great to raise so much money for two charities that worked closely with Sarah and did so much for her. It’s amazing to see her legacy live on in the city in lots of different ways. The gap in my life since she passed will always be there, but watching people continue to celebrate her is a real comfort.”

Funds raised at Tramlines 2018 have also been shared with a third body, Crohn’s & Colitis UK, a charity dedicated to fighting inflammatory bowel disease. This charity was nominated by Timm Cleasby, head of operations at Tramlines since 2009, as his wife Sam Cleasby has become an influential voice for Crohn’s and Colitis sufferers through her massively popular ‘So Bad Ass’ website, promoting body positivity and better understanding of these conditions for people across the globe.

Timm added: “Sarah and I had discussed which charities we would support in 2018, in late 2017. It was her suggestion that led to Crohn’s & Colitis UK being chosen as one of them. Having visited all three charities, it’s great to see first-hand just how the money we have raised will benefit these amazing local charities and so many people of South Yorkshire.

“Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are often said to be invisible impairments as those living with them face stigma and embarrassment. It’s great to see the change in people now discussing this openly and honestly. Crohn’s & Colitis UK is at the forefront of this working to support and connect people living with the conditions, finding new treatments, and hopefully a cure.” // // //

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