Hospice appeal for new garden funds

The Great St Lukes Pie and Pea Up campaign supported by Sheffield United legend Tony Currie
The Great St Lukes Pie and Pea Up campaign supported by Sheffield United legend Tony Currie
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Sheffield folk have helped to build the hospice – after boosting St Luke’s bid to raise £5 million.

An appeal was launched two years ago to fund the costs of building a new inpatient wing at the hospice in Whirlow - and now the fundraising has reached its target.

But the charity activities aren’t over – as St Luke’s is pressing ahead with a £250,000 project to create a new garden for patients.

Readers of The Star have helped raise £50,000 alone through the annual Great Pie and Peas Up campaign, the proceeds from which will contribute towards a single bedroom in the wing.

For two years running pie and pea suppers have been held in homes, workplaces, community venues, pubs and restaurants around Sheffield, all in aid of the appeal.

The inpatient unit offers 14 individual rooms and two en-suite triple bed bays, while the next step is to create a fresh outdoor space and ‘garden room’ accessible to patients.

Una Moran, St Luke’s director of fundraising, said the £5m target was reached following a final £100,000 donation from insurance firm Westfield Health.

“We are delighted that Westfield Health, having already given us £100,000 towards the Room to Care campaign, gave us the extra £100,000 that brought us right up to our £5m target,” said Una.

“And the people of Sheffield, both organisations and individuals, have proved just how generous they are throughout.

They have displayed a level of enthusiasm and dedication that has helped make a reality our dream of a hospice fit for the 21st century.”

The new unit was needed following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission, which deemed the old facilities to be tired and aged.

Una said: “Our vision now is for the garden to be a healing place – tranquil, private and part of the holistic care we offer our patients.

“Access to the outdoors and pleasant views improve patients’ mental health, reduce their need for painkillers and help to speed up recovery. We know we need to change our garden so it can improve the quality of life for terminally ill people and their families, and we also know we cannot do this without help.

“It’s a big new campaign, especially when we know we have to raise £4.9m annually just to maintain our services.”

Meanwhile, the chain of St Luke’s Hospice shops is expanding into Sheffield city centre - and volunteers are needed to staff the new branch. The charity is gearing up for an autumn opening on Pinstone Street, with at least 40 helpers required. Full training is provided and all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Call Joy Wigfield on 0114 235 7542.