Jubilee party for St Luke’s appeal

Dudley Road jubilee street party in Hillsborough, which raised money for The Star's 'Help Build a Hospice Appeal' for St Luke's
Dudley Road jubilee street party in Hillsborough, which raised money for The Star's 'Help Build a Hospice Appeal' for St Luke's
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AN entire street turned out to get behind The Star’s Appeal to help rebuild St Luke’s Hospice – and had a great time in the process.

Residents of Dudley Road, Hillsborough, painted their street red, white and blue to brighten up a very grey day for their celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

And to make the day even more special they organised a raffle and collection, with proceeds going to The Star’s appeal for the Whirlow hospice.

Dudley Road resident John Clarke, who organised the street party with neighbour Irene Mahoney, said: “It was a great day.

“The weather was terrible but we didn’t let it beat us.

“There are 47 houses on the street and at least 40 of them turned out for the day.

“We must have had 150 people. We borrowed tables and chairs from the local church and everyone baked and we had a barbecue.

“We were going for a good nine or 10 hours.”

John, who works as a plasterer, added: “We decided to raise money for St Luke’s because it is a great cause.

“Through my job I work in houses across the city and everyone I meet has some connection to St Luke’s – it affects everyone.”

The event raised £260 for The Star’s St Luke’s Appeal – bringing our total to £6,948.

But we have a long way to go to meet our £100,000 target, and need readers to get behind the cause by organising their own events or donating using the form below.

The money will go to rebuilding the hospice’s inpatient unit on Little Common Lane.

The charity, which supports 1,500 terminally-ill people every year, is redeveloping its 20-bed unit for the first time since it was built in 1971.

The work, which will cost a total of £5.5 million, will create a suite of single en-suite rooms so patients can spend their final days in privacy, surrounded by their loved ones.

Work on the redevelopment is due to get under way in the coming days.