Sisters determined to raise £10,000 in friend’s memory

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Staff and regulars at a Sheffield pub have set themselves the challenge of raising £10,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

The Millhouses licensees, Kaye Pigott and her sister Lisa, have signed up to the hospice’s Raise A Glass campaign - the project that encourages pubs to support the hospice - in memory of friend Andree Paul, who was a patient at Sy Luke’s.

The team has already raised £3,000 towards their target with a bistro night, which included a raffle and auction, last month.

St Luke’s community fundraising assistant Noni Bryson said: “In just one evening, Kaye, Lisa and their staff and customers got one third of their way towards reaching their target.

“This was an evening of extreme generosity and we look forward to working with the Millhouses as they continue their fundraising campaign in the months ahead.”

Owner Kaye said: “Years ago, my sister and I worked for a local cleaning company run by Andree Paul, an incredibly caring and compassionate woman who helped me move to a better area by giving me the deposit I needed, plus the first month’s rent on a new property. She was like this with all her staff.

“I went on to work in the hospitality industry while my sister carried on working with Master Cleaning Services. Last year, Andree received the devastating news that she had lung cancer and battled hard against it for seven months. During this time, she gave her closest family and friends some ‘fun money’ so that she could see them enjoying themselves before she died. This ‘fun money’ helped us with our bid for The Millhouses, which made Andree really happy.

“Andree was so looked after and secure at St Luke’s and always said how wonderful the staff were. We’re raising this money in her memory.”