HOSPICE chiefs have backed staff from The Star for stepping out on a charity trek - and urged readers to sponsor the walkers.
A team of journalists and production workers from the newspaper are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice Appeal.
Money raised will boost a £5m appeal to rebuild St Luke’s after The Star threw its weight behind the campaign.
John Highfield, media relations manager for the hospice, praised the fundraising effort.
He said: “We’re delighted that The Star is supporting us in the appeal.
“We have had a lot of support and the appeal is doing well.
“In an event like this it is not just about the people taking part - but also those who sponsor them.
“The £5m is a heck of a lot of money to raise and we can’t do it without the people of Sheffield.”
The challenge on Saturday, August 18, will see Star staff climbing the three highest hills in the county, Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, in the Yorkshire Dales.
Staff from The Star are also entering a team in an It’s a Knockout contest at the HSBC Sports Ground, in Dore, on Sunday, September 9.
St Luke’s £5 million project aims to create a new In Patient Unit with 14 single and two three-bed bays with en suite facilities.
Some £1.6 million has already been raised, with half a million also provided from the hospice’s cash reserves, and The Star has pledged to help raise £100,000 over the next two years.
Hundreds of readers have sent in contributions.
n To sponsor The Star team, visit www.justgiving.com/StarTrek1