Sheffield St Luke’s Hospice appeal close to £5,000 milestone

St.Luke staff and helpers 'story Ben Spencer.

St.Luke staff and helpers 'story Ben Spencer.

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NEARLY 100 readers have donated to The Star’s St Luke’s Hospice Appeal in just a fortnight, raising close to £5,000 already.

One very generous donor sent in a cheque for £1,000 – giving a massive boost to the £100,000 appeal. The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, lived in Sheffield for 86 years before moving away to be close to family – but still reads The Star and was moved to donate.

The appeal has attracted 99 donations since the launch two weeks ago, bringing in £4,670 by cheque and the internet.

The donations provide a great start to the campaign, which The Star launched to raise £100,000 over two years.

St Luke’s Hospice, which provides end-of-life care for £1,500 terminally-ill patients in Sheffield every year, needs the money to rebuild its 20-bed inpatient unit.

It is trying to raise £5 million to modernise, or it could be closed down.

The establishment, founded on Little Common Lane in Whirlow 41 years ago, is to embark on its rebuild this month, with work to be completed next year.

The rebuild is essential because the latest Care Quality Commission inspection – although recognising the excellence of care at the hospice – said facilities were ‘tired’, ‘aged’ and failing to meet ‘current best practice guidance’.

Peter Hartland, chief executive of the charity, is worried inspectors might force the hospice to close if it does not rebuild.

Money for the redevelopment bill needs to be found on top of the £4m St Luke’s Hospice has to raise each year just to stay open.

To join the 99 people who have already donated – and help The Star reach its £100,000 target – log on to www.justgiving.com/thestar or send a cheque to the address below.

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