The Star has made a difference for Local Newspaper Week – raising tens of thousands of pounds for Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice.
We have pledged to raise £100,000 for one of 14 single rooms in the new £5 million inpatient unit at the hospice in Whirlow – and £50,000 alone has been raised through our Great Pie and Peas Up campaign, with more donations still to come.
The appeal has seen hundreds of pie and pea suppers being hosted by residents, businesses, schools and community groups, with proceeds to St Luke’s.
While The Star is still working towards its final total, the campaign has already played a vital role, getting Sheffielders together for countless fun events.
One of the campaign’s biggest meals saw Handsworth Boys FC holding a supper for 100, while scores of ex-pupils returned to Sothall’s Westfield School, taking a trip back in time to school dinners for a tasty lunch.
The Grenoside and Birley Carr Players took collections at performances, and even football fans got involved – with money from pies bought during a match at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium raising cash.
Una Moran, hospice fundraising director, said: “We are delighted to have the support of The Star and pleased it joined us as partners for our Great Pie and Peas Up campaign, encouraging readers to get cooking, serving and supporting Sheffield’s only hospice.
“The Star’s active participation in the Great Pie and Peas Up made an enormous contribution to the £5 million we needed to raise for the building of our new inpatient centre.
“The Star has also been supporting all our other campaigns, including our annual Starlight Walk, and we know those levels of backing do have a major impact on all our fundraising activities.
“We look forward to many more years working with The Star and thank them for everything they do for us throughout the year.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg got behind the charity drive, sitting down with residents and guests at 2014’s first supper, held at St Luke’s Hospice Therapies and Rehabilitation Centre.
The MP for Sheffield Hallam said: “It’s impossible to overstate just what a fantastic job St Luke’s Hospice does for Sheffielders with life-limiting illnesses and their families. “It’s important we all do what we can to support them.”
Staff at The Star raised more than £150 by holding a pie and peas lunch for hungry journalists at our offices on York Street.
The pie was cooked by city centre café Eten, while Thornbridge Brewery provided the drinks and Henderson’s Relish provided bottles for everyone who donated. And baker Jane Miles whipped up cupcakes, topped appropriately with star decorations.
We also gave foodies the chance to recreate recipes dreamed up by some of Sheffield’s top chefs including Tessa Bramley, from the Michelin-starred Old Vicarage at Ridgeway. Instructions for the dishes were printed in The Star.
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St Luke’s Hospice launched its Room To Care appeal in 2012 in order to ensure its survival.
An inspection by the Care Quality Commission found facilities were ‘tired’, ‘aged’ and failing to meet ‘current best practice guidance’, so bosses sprang into action with a plan to transform the site on Little Common Lane, Whirlow.
The 20-bed hospice has been turned into a modern set of single en-suite bedrooms.
Patients have moved in to the new unit, but there is still hundreds of thousands of pounds to be found to meet the cost of the inpatient wing.
The money for the redevelopment bill has had to be found on top of the £4m St Luke’s has to raise each year just to stay open.
The number of beds at the hospice has remained the same, but the overall floor space has been dramatically increased and the large, impersonal wards turned into a set of 14 single rooms and two triple-occupancy rooms.
The hospice charity’s next big event is the Starlight Walk on Saturday. Participants will set out on the annual trek through the Porter Valley at 8.45pm, following a mass warm-up, entertainment and refreshments near the starting line in Endcliffe Park.
Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk to sign up.
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