Help Build The Hospice: Sheffield knockout charity fun for St Luke’s

Teamwork: Passing sponges to fire over the castle wall.
Teamwork: Passing sponges to fire over the castle wall.
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WACKY fun and games involving teams from Sheffield businesses helped bring in thousands of pounds for the appeal to rebuild St Luke’s Hospice – and fundraisers say the total has reached almost £2 million in just four months.

A total of £5.5m is needed for the Room to Care Appeal to replace decades-old facilities at the Whirlow centre with brand new accommodation.

Thirteen teams took part in the annual It’s A Knockout event at the HSBC sports ground, Dore, competing in a variety of games involving bouncy castles, water and oversized costumes.

Contests ranged from flicking wet sponges over the wall of a ‘castle’ to a slippery slope covered in water and foam which competitors had to haul each other across.

Team members had to dress up as giants to try to get around a course without being tripped over when walking across tarpaulins pulled back and forth by competitors.

The winning team for the day was JCT600 from Mercedes-Benz South Yorkshire, which has a Sheffield branch near Meadowhall.

Other entrants were Asda Handsworth and Siemens, which both entered two teams, Sainsbury‘s Crystal Peaks, Service Design Associates, Asprea, Hallamshire Round Table, St Luke’s, Yorkshire Bank, Irwin Mitchell and Sheffield City Taxis.

The official total raised by the Room to Care Appeal since its launch in May is now just over £1.9 million.

Una Moran, director of fundraising and communications at St Luke’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted with the way the Room to Care Campaign is going up to now.

“However, we are still a long way from our target and we desperately need more people to join us and to help us in either raising money for the campaign, donating or simply helping us to spread the word.

“If you can assist in any of these ways you will be helping us to rebuild the hospice for patients who need us today and tomorrow.”

The Star has committed to raising £100,000 towards the £5.5 million target and have so far received more than £9,000.

Star journalists have also collected almost £1,800 by taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which involved a 24.5 mile walk around the region’s three highest hills within 12 hours.

Jeremy Clifford, editor of The Star, said: “This appeal is vital for helping ensure the future of the excellent care the charity provides for people at the end of their lives. We are determined to do what we can to help.”

* To donate visit or send cheques payable to St Luke’s Hospice to Richard Blackledge, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.