Work is beginning on the final phase of improvements at Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice.
The hospice’s new £5 million inpatient centre was completed last year following a major public fundraising campaign and the building – which provides support for up to 20 patients at a time – was officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester in November.
The campaign was backed by The Star and hundreds of fundraising members of the public also did their bit.
The final phase of improvements at the hospice, on Little Common Lane, Whirlow, includes improvements to offices and staff facilities including upgrading changing rooms, an improved doctors’ office, the addition of a disabled toilet and kitchenette and a new laundry room. At the same time, more construction works will focus on the main entrance at the front of the building, which will be extended to create improved access and a brighter, more welcoming environment.
The last phase of the hospice – scheduled for completion by the spring – will include a £250,000 project to create a new garden for patients.
Peter Hartland, hospice chief executive, said: “Our vision is for the garden to be a healing place – tranquil, private and part of the holistic care we offer our patients.
“We know access to the outdoors and pleasant views from a bed improve patients’ mental health, reduce their need for pain-killers and help speed recovery.
“And we know we need to change our garden so it can improve the quality of life for terminally ill people and their families.”
n St Luke’s is seeking runners to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday, April 12 – see www.runforall.com/half-marathon/yorkshire to enter