St Luke’s Hospice needs to fundraise £13,500 a day - or it would close in six months, writes Graham Walker.
That’s the mountain climb ahead of its supporters, from business donations to coffee morning organisers.
The hospice is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and looks after all the people of Sheffield and their families, not just within the hospice itself but as part of the community.
To maintain this level of care the hospice needs more than £7 million a year - more than £4.9 million of it in donations.
That is why the constant support of the people of Sheffield is vital for its future. Without it the hospice would be closed within six months, says Medical Director Sam Kyeremateng.
It cares for people aged 18 and older who have incurable illnesses, helping to control their symptoms, alleviate pain and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge.
The hospice plays a central part in the network of palliative care nursing and support services in Sheffield, collaborating with several other organisations and agencies in the city.
It’s new In Patient Centre accommodates 20 patients in 14 single rooms and two three-bedded rooms.
But it doesn’t just care for cancer patients and it’s far more than a building. In fact, a surprise to many people, most of its patients never set foot in the hospice itself.
St Luke’s regards itself a ‘teaching hospice’, with a long tradition of supporting both education and academic research in all aspects of palliative care.
An executive team is responsible for the hospice’s strategy, planning and management, with trustees responsible for ensuring that St Luke’s is well-governed.
Its President Lady Neill and Vice President Vice President Andrew Coombe, a retired partner in Keeble Hawson Solicitors, are not trustees, but play important roles as ambassadors and advocates for the hospice.
But all this comes at a cost.
The hospice depends entirely on the commitment and generosity of people across Sheffield and beyond to provide most of the money it needs.
St Luke’s Hospice, with its reception open 8am to 7.30pm, seven days a week, is in Little Common Lane, Sheffield, S11 9NE. Call 0114 236 9911.
* Find out how you can support St Luke’s Hospice – through fundraising, regular giving, joining the St Luke’s Lottery or visiting one of the charity’s shops across the city, visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk.