THERE’S no going back now! The bulldozers have moved in at St Luke’s Hospice to begin work on a £5.5 million project to create an inpatient unit fit for the 21st century.
The first phase of the redevelopment began with the demolition of an administrative building at the hospice on Little Common Lane, Whirlow.
It will be replaced by a new inpatient unit housing a suite of 20 modern rooms where the hospice’s terminally ill patients can spend their final days in privacy.
The building should be complete by August next year.
Now the work has begun, the public campaign to raise £5m to pay for it is gathering pace too.
The Star is committed to raising £100,000 for the campaign and readers have responded magnificently, already donating £7,000.
One anonymous donation for £1,000 came from an 86-year-old reader who heard about the campaign and felt she had to do something to show her support.
She is just typical of the many readers who are making donations and coming up with fundraising ideas to support St Luke’s.
The hospice itself has already raised £1.8m and has also committed £500,000 from its own reserves but now it is depending on the people of Sheffield to show their support.
St Luke’s director of fundraising Una Moran said “We have been delighted by the response of Star readers.
“The fact that work has now started means it is even more important now we raise the money we need as quickly as possible. We need £4m in donations every year just to maintain our services - but now we are asking everybody to dig even deeper and support our ‘Room to Care’ appeal.
“Our new facilities will make an enormous difference to end-of-life care for all our patients and their families.”