Readers donate £8,000 to help rebuild St Luke’s

On our way: The Star's Help Build A Hospice appeal has raised �8,000 towards our �100,000 target.  PICTURE: DENNIS LOUND
On our way: The Star's Help Build A Hospice appeal has raised �8,000 towards our �100,000 target. PICTURE: DENNIS LOUND
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READERS of The Star have donated nearly £8,000 to help rebuild St Luke’s Hospice.

Some 160 donations have been received in The Star’s newsroom, ranging from £3 to £1,000 in value.

It is a great start to the campaign, which aims to raise £100,000 for the charity over two years.

The money will fund one of the rooms at the new 20-bed in-patient unit at Little Common Lane, Whirlow.

Over the last few weeks we have highlighted why the funds are vital - to give terminally-ill patients the very best facilities in their final days.

Now inspectors have confirmed the £5.5 million rebuild is essential for the future of the charity.

The Care Quality Commission, during its latest visit to the hospice, warned the fabric of the 41-year-old building was failing and its role in caring for the people of Sheffield could be at risk.

But one area that gave inspectors no cause for concern was patient care.

Their report says staff treated people with dignity and respect by using a positive, friendly and professional approach.

Patients interviewed by inspectors praised the standard of food and levels of hygiene.

They also praised individual members of staff, who they described as ‘angels’, and spoke highly of their experience and level of courtesy and dignity.

Peter Hartland, St Luke’s chief executive, said. “We are delighted the commission staff had such a positive experience during their most recent visit.

“With work on our new inpatient unit now well under way, we know by autumn 2013 we will once again have a facility that is the pride of the hospice movement, somewhere that not just our patients, but all the people of Sheffield can be proud of.”