How SSF supported this student's development
Get involved: Fundraise & volunteer
Any money you can raise will go directly to helping young people learn how much they can achieve through the unique power of Shakespeare. Be not afraid of greatness!
Whether you're planning a jog to the shops, a hike up Ben Nevis or a casual transatlantic swim, we would love to hear from you. Supporters have gone to amazing lengths to raise money for SSF.
If you are planning to fundraise for SSF, or you’d just like to hear more about how you can help, get in touch with us on [email protected].
We are passionate about giving everyone access to the arts. You can apply to volunteer in our head office for up to two weeks. This opportunity is for you if you are interested in gaining experience in; arts administration, marketing and sales, event management, project management, creative delivery. To apply please email [email protected] with some information about why you are interested, when you want to volunteer and what experience you hope to gain.
Some of our fantastic fundraisers
Liam O’Driscoll braved the June chills and plunged into the depths of Lake Windermere to raise money for SSF.
Liam found himself facing a one mile swim to shore without "side help" or lanes to grab onto. He explains on his JustGiving page that he’d only had six weeks of training so was understandably anxious. We hear he hid his nerves well on the day and are delighted that he finished the mile whilst raising £405!
Lake Windermere is set in the visually perfect Lake District with the title of being England’s largest lake, a title scary enough to put off many swimmers, with a length of 10.5 miles.
"I truly believe in what they do to give children and teenagers an opportunity they may never experience again."
Maya’s artwork auction
Seven-year-old Maya auctioned her artworks on eBay to raise money for her favourite charities. She chose five pictures, five charities and signed and framed the original drawings, all of which were snapped up on eBay. Her artwork Adventure Map was auctioned in aid of SSF and raised a brilliant £23.
Sally’s artwork sale
Artist Sally Court and her friend Ann Mallalieu held a gallery evening in aid of SSF, raising an amazing £500.
Ann hosted the event and Sally’s artworks were available to buy with 25% of proceeds being donated to SSF.
"I have been a teacher in state schools for some of my life and I only wish that such an inspiring programme had come to my attention at that time. To give children from all walks of life confidence and esteem is such a positive step."
Curtis’ performance film
Curtis, who attends Rokeby School in London, took part in the Festival last year. While taking part, he filmed a performance of his cast's A Midsummer Night's Dream production and sold DVDs to cast members. His entrepreneurial spirit has raised an amazing £400 for SSF and will be put to work immediately helping more young people to take part in the Festival this year.
Thank you Curtis and Rokeby School!
Priestland School’s Shakespeare world record success
Festival school Priestlands travelled all the way to New York to attempt the world record for the highest number of Shakespeare quotes spoken in five minutes. They raised £1,405.36 for SSF and successfully smashed the world record!
Will’s London marathon
Will Hooper ran the London Marathon in the stonking time of 3.20.01 to raise over £1,300 for SSF. Will, who took up the challenge in January, trained through snow, wind and rain. He said:
"I set myself a tough target of 3 and a half hours but I was keen to battle through training and make it. It's amazing to know that the money raised will support 8 schools and over 200 children gain the Festival experience. I've opted to support the Sheffield Festival particularly, because of working with young people there in the past. A great few months!"