Hospice appeal lights the way in Sheffield

St Lukes Hospice Festival of Light switch on goes ahead after being postponed due to snow and ice before Christmas.Pictured
St Lukes Hospice Festival of Light switch on goes ahead after being postponed due to snow and ice before Christmas.Pictured
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IT may be the scene of major construction work, but St Luke’s Hospice’s annual Festival of Light is still set to go ahead – and this time it’ll be illuminating more of Sheffield than ever.

Special plans for the festival, which sees the hospice displaying thousands of lights dedicated to loved ones, are being put in place while a £5 million project is under way to build a new inpatient unit, supported by The Star.

For the first time, the celebration will be held at the front of the hospice on Little Common Lane, Whirlow, at 6pm on December 2, with lights covering the front of the building and the tree by the entrance.

Entertainment will include music from Holymoorside Brass Band and carol singing by the St Luke’s staff choir.

The next day, a Festival of Light tree is being switched on in the main concourse of Sheffield rail station and residents are being asked to put up lights at home and work.

An illuminated Christmas tree will be unveiled at Ponds Forge on November 30, and Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra is playing in support of the hospice on December 8.

Other charity events taking place include a Late Night Light Skate at iceSheffield on December 1 and the annual Santa’s Breakfast at Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Christmas Eve.

Audrey Rose, chair of the St Luke’s Action Group, said more than £25,000 has been raised for the festival appeal so far.

“We have been amazed by the generosity of our supporters, with the average donation increasing by 15 per cent on last year,” she said.

In recent years more than £40,000 has been collected towards the £4 million needed every year to keep the hospice open.

THE Star has pledged to raise £100,000 to build one of the 14 new single rooms at St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow, Sheffield – and we need your help.

We need readers to help by organising events – whether it is a sponsored sky dive, a walk, a dinner or cake sale.

If you have ideas for fundraising events, get in touch.

We need every penny we can raise for this vital charity. You can fill in and post the form in today’s Star, call St Luke’s on 0114 2357600 or visit The Star’s St Luke’s Hospice Appeal

Email richard.blackledge@thestar.co.uk with your fundraising ideas.