Yorkshire Times
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Isabelle Goodhand
Features Writer
9:10 AM 1st November 2023

The Rally, Art-Trial And Auction Raising Money For Homeless Young People In South Yorkshire

The rally starting point at Meadowhall – Photo by Roundabout Homeless Charity
The rally starting point at Meadowhall – Photo by Roundabout Homeless Charity
Roundabout is a local youth housing charity providing shelter and support to young people in South Yorkshire, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To raise money and awareness for their cause, Roundabout have hosted the ‘Bangers and Cash’ rally, which took place from the 14th to 18th of September.

The rally saw 21 teams travelling from Sheffield to Munich in cars worth no more than £1500 and with an engine holding two litres or less.

In total, the teams travelled through 8 countries and over 1092 miles before arriving in Munich, with each team having to complete challenges along the way. The bonnets of each car were also painted by local artists, such as Lois Cordelia and Jo Peel, before the race began.

Once back in Sheffield, the car bonnets were displayed around the city as part of an art trail.

Emily Bush, who is the fundraising manager for Roundabout, said:
“Once we’d come back from Munich, we had all these wonderful pieces of art to display. This year we’ve got 21 bonnets and 40 road signs out on the trail across Sheffield.”

The trail ran from the 14th to 29th of October and the art work could be seen all around the city, in locations such as Meadowhall, The Botanical Gardens and Kelham Island.

So far, the rally has raised over £80,000. It is hoped that this total can be brought up to £100,000 with the up-coming auction.

The auction dinner takes place this Friday. Now that the art trail has ended, each car bonnet and road sign will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. All the bonnets sold will also come with their own canvas, so the buyers can display their purchase.

Emily added:
“It’s going to be a brilliant night, with lots of fun and entertainment. And yes, we get to sell off all the artwork for them to find their forever home.”

‘Bangers and Cash’ is considered to be the first ever art-roadshow-rally, and aims to celebrate art’s transformative power to better lives and build brighter futures.

Roundabout first began in 1977 as a small, emergency youth hostel. 40 years later, their ambition is to end youth homelessness.

The charity works with over 350 young people, aged 16-25, every day to help them develop long-term, independent, living skills.

Emily said:
“It’s really hard to see young people who’ve been through so much… Luckily they’re now at Roundabout, so they’re able to get the support they need – and that’s only due to all of the wonderful people out there, and our key workers, who make sure they get that individual tailored support that they need.

"The auction will take place at the Victoria Crowne Plaza in Sheffield and all the art pieces are available to bid on at the Bangers and Cash website."