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Sheffield versus Hallam : students set to take on charity chicken wing challenge at Beehive

Students from Sheffield’s two universities, Sheffield and Hallam are used to some healthy competition between themselves. But, perhaps not quite like their latest contest!

Students from the two rival universities are to take on their greatest competitive challenge to date when they pit against each other in a ‘50 chicken wing eating contest’ at Sheffield pub, The Beehive next month.

Three-man teams from each university will go head to head to eat fifty chicken wings in the quickest time. The event, which is expected to draw a massive crowd is to take place at student favourite, The Beehive pub, on West Street on Friday 12th April at 7pm.

Thirty five teams have so far registered to compete with the winning team set to be crowned ‘Chicken Champions’. Each competitor must pay an entry fee of £2, with the proceeds going towards Childreach International, a charity which aims to unlock the potential of children across third world countries by providing them with education, healthcare and basic child rights.

The chicken wing challenge is part of a fundraising initiative planned by a small group of University of Sheffield students for the charity. Lianne Sellors, student and event coordinator said, “Our fundraising target between now and August, when we will go to Tanzania to help with voluntary projects, is £2500. The chicken wing challenge is a fun way of raising that money. Anyone who has been to the varsity events between the two universities knows the rivalry is fierce so we’re expecting some serious competition on the night. A big thank you to Robin and his team at The Beehive for being so up for this crazy idea and hosting the event.”

Throughout the evening customers can purchase raffle tickets to win prizes donated by local businesses, such as a PSP and three games from Global Brands, a Jagermeister hamper, Sheffield Wednesday tickets and a collection of goodies from Sainsburys.

“Our chicken wings are somewhat legendary amongst our students customer base so when we were approached by Lianne about the contest we jumped at the idea”, said The Beehive’s general manager Robin Williamson. “Our kitchen staff are gearing up for their own challenge to cook that many chicken wings in one go! But we’re raring to go and delighted that we can help to support such a worthy cause”, he added. “Thanks to the many businesses who have supported this fundraising event including Kepak who are supplying the chicken wings and Little White Van, the posters.”