The fight to save a historic Sheffield building has stepped up with a fighting fund – just days before demolition can begin.
The Jessop Fighting Fund was announced by Clem Cecil, director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, to meet the legal costs faced by the group and the Victorian Society, which have teamed up to save the Grade II-listed Edwardian wing of the former Jessop Hospital
The Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society has pledged £1,000 and now supporters are being asked to donate towards the £10,000 needed.
Sheffield University wants to knock down the building to make way for an £80 million engineering department.
Campaigners initially secured an injunction preventing demolition pending the outcome of their legal ﬁght.
However, it was overturned in the High Court last week, although they were given seven days to appeal – which runs out on Thursday.
Supporters say they will fight and are raising money for the fund to take the decision to the Court of Appeal.
Howard Greaves, of the Hallamshire society, said: “We’re fighting, not just for Sheffield’s heritage, but an important principle about the protection of listed buildings here.”
Nick Roscoe, of the SAVE Jessop Hospital Campaign, said: “SAVE and The Victorian Society are voluntary organisations that cannot afford expensive legal fees and it is time now for people power to kick in.”
Donations and pledges, which will only be taken when the target is met, can be made at www.jessophospital.org.uk