Sheffield University showcases its talent for £2 million appeal

Singers, dancers and a headlining comedian will descend on Sheffield tonight to prove fundraising does not have to be physical.

Sheffield University has uncovered hidden talents from staff and alumni for its first ever Talent Showcase in aid of its £2 million Sheffield Scanner appeal.

Ticket sales have raised £1,500 with more expected to be donated on the night.

Hatty Webster, a Sheffield University Communications and Engagement Officer, said: “If we are going to ask staff to do something that might be out of their comfort zone, which is quite brave, then let’s do it for a good cause.”

She added the showcase may become a larger annual event to celebrate the varied and vibrant talents at The University of Sheffield.

Talents include traditional Chinese dancing, jazz singing, and a comedy routine from Glenn Moore, a regular on Absolute Radio and Broadcast Journalism alum. The venue at Firth Court and the talents’ time have been given up free of charge.

One of the performers, Elizabeth Ellen, started singing when she was seven and received a choir scholarship whilst studying at The University of Oxford. She has performed medleys of classical and jazz songs with her husband accompanying on piano.

The Sheffield Scanner appeal is a year-long cause to raise money for a MRI-PET scanner and has raised more than £750,000 so far.

There are only seven of these scanners in the UK and the majority of these are used solely for dementia research. The Sheffield scanner will be used for research and prevention of dementia, cancer, heart disease and motor neurone disease.

The Talent Showcase starts at 7.30pm and donations can be made on the Just Giving site.