Shoppers urged to back hospice appeal

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Shoppers are being urged to dig deep and help raise vital cash towards the refurbishment of a Sheffield hospice.

Meadowhall Shopping Centre has backed St Luke’s Hospice as its charity of the year.

And it wants to raise £100,000 to build and equip a dedicated patient bedroom in the Whirlow hospice’s new inpatient centre.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall centre director, said: “St Luke’s works tirelessly to support 5,000 patients and their family members in the area every year and we are delighted to be able to offer our support.

“The St Luke’s team demonstrated many innovative and creative ideas to involve our customers and encourage fundraising over the year and we are looking forward to working with them to make it happen.”

The hospice offers free specialist care services to anyone over the age of 18 who has an incurable illness.

It employs highly skilled and dedicated staff to ensure that patients are supported physically, mentally and emotionally.

It is to host a series of fun weekends in Meadowhall to raise cash.

More than 500 people took part in the first cyclone game cube event – where people enter a cube and catch as many flying balls as possible to win prizes – last weekend, collecting £1,500.

The winners will enjoy a meal at La Tasca restaurant in the centre.

Una Moran, St Luke’s Hospice director of fundraising and communications, said: “Every year we care for more than 5,000 patients and their family members and carers, but less than a third of our funding comes from the NHS.

“Without this support we would simply not exist.

“This year alone, we need to raise more than £4.5 million to continue providing care and it is thanks to partnerships such as this with Meadowhall and supporters’ generosity that we can continue to do that.

The game cube event will return to Meadowhall during the February half-term.

Last year, Meadowhall raised £85,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.