STAFF at a Sheffield hospice are today celebrating a significant and ‘generous donation’ towards its £5 million reconstruction appeal.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was visiting St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow this morning, where he was expected to announce funding worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from a new Government pot.
The St Luke’s cash is a share of tens of millions of pounds being given to more than 100 hospices across the country.
A spokesman for Mr Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, which covers Whirlow, said: “Mr Clegg is a keen supporter of St Luke’s Hospice and is delighted to announce this support for the much-needed work to ensure the best facilities are available for its patients.”
The money is earmarked for the hospice’s Room To Care appeal, which aims to raise £5 million to fund a new inpatient unit.
The revamped building will provide patients with 14 en-suite rooms as well as other improved facilities.
Una Moran, St Luke’s director of fundraising and communications, said: “We are delighted and grateful to have received this help towards our £5m appeal. News the Department of Health is to make such a generous donation is a major and welcome boost.
“Raising such a large amount of money is extremely big challenge for the hospice and one we could not meet without the support of the people of Sheffield.
“They have been extremely generous in their support of the appeal so far, while still supporting our need to raise the £4.5 million required annually just to run the hospice.”
The appeal has already raised £2.9m, ahead of today’s announcement.
The Star has been helping the Room To Care appeal by encouraging members of the public to hold pie and pea suppers.
About 150 events were held for the Great Pie and Peas Up campaign last month, in homes and businesses across the region.