Tramlines Festival has donated over £30k to charities that have personal ties to the Tramlines team. Several of these charities will also benefit from sponsorship to friends and colleagues of former director Sarah Nulty as they embark on the Sheffield half marathon in April. Sarah has also been honoured by local publication ‘The Star’ who have created the ‘Sarah Nulty award for Creativity’ in their newly launched Women of Sheffield Awards.
Sarah Nulty was director at Tramlines Festival from 2013 – 2018 and was working hard on Tramlines 2019 when she sadly passed away at the age of 36 just weeks before the festival’s 10th anniversary. Sarah was instrumental in the launch of the festival 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 well loved and a 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 2019 money was raised in ‘Nulty’s Bar’, a backstage area voluntarily staffed by Sarah’s friends and colleagues. There was also cash raised through guestlist donations and by merchandise sold on site including the now iconic ‘Be More Nulty’ t-shirts. A big thanks to Tom J Newell and Rebecca Vincent for the designs and to Drop Dead for printing them all.
The result of all this fundraising has led to Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care receiving a whopping £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 said;
‘In 2018 we picked charities with a personal connections to the team. 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’
A third charity also benefitted from Tramlines 2018. Crohn’s & Colitis UK is dedicated to fighting inflammatory bowel disease. Tramlines head of production since the first event in 2009 Timm Cleasby nominated this charity as his wife Sam Cleasby has become an influencial voice for Crohn’s & 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 Cleasby – Festival Director said;
Cavendish Cancer Care and Weston Park Cancer Charity are also due to receive another donation from friends and colleagues of Sarah Nulty. ‘The most unlikely marathon team ever’ is formed of various Sheffield music industry workers who are running the Sheffield half Marathon on April 14th. £4k has already been pledged to the team but they are hoping to raise at least £5k. If you would like to donate to their efforts please use this page.
Tim Walker – Sarah’s friend and colleague said;
“Sarah worked with so many people in Sheffield’s music and events industry over the years, many of whom become good friends. Naturally, these people wanted a way to come together and do something positive in her name for the causes who helped her and her loved ones so that they can continue to do such great work.
Sarah was fantastic at motivating and bringing people together, often pushing people out of their comfort zones. So we’ve assembled a rag-tag bunch of DJs, promoters and festival organisers to form the most unlikely marathon team ever. Most of whom have never run in their lives but are now training hard and will take part in Sheffield’s half marathon on April 14th.”
Since Sarah Nulty’s passing last year she has been bestowed with many posthumous awards and memorials. This includes an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ from both AIF (Association of Independent Festivals) and the UK Festival Awards who also created the ‘Sarah Nulty Women in Festivals Award’. Sheffield City Council paid homage with a memorial plaque at Devonshire Green in Sheffield City Centre and a Civic Award from Magid Magid the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
On March 7th 2019, The Star (Sheffield based publication) launched their ‘Women of Sheffield’ awards. They created the ‘Sarah Nulty award for Creativity’ in respect to her dedication to the music industry of Sheffield. The first winner of this award was Vicky Morris who was presented the award by Sarah’s mum, Julie Voisey.
Tramlines Festival will continue it’s commitment to supporting local charities and causes during the 2019 event.