Flying start for Sheffield hospice St Luke’s appeal

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WE ARE on our way!

Readers have already donated £1,280 to The Star’s appeal to help St Luke’s Hospice rebuild its inpatient unit - less than a week since the campaign was launched.

Cheques have flown in to The Star’s newsroom and people have been busy logging on to our online donation site at www.justgiving.com/thestar

The response has been fantastic, with donations ranging in value from £10 to £200.

It is a great start, but we still have a long way to go.

The Star has pledged to raise £100,000 over the next two years.

The money will pay for one of the new single en-suite rooms that will provide a personal, private space for terminally-ill patients in their final days.

St Luke’s, which was the first hospice outside London when it was built in Whirlow in 1971, is urgently in need of updating and modernising.

The charity has decided to plough ahead with rebuilding, despite the difficult economic climate.

Next month, builders will start work at the Little Common Lane site, where they will turn the large, outdated, impersonal wards into a suite of modern, private rooms.

The work, due for completion in August 2013, will cost £5.5 million.

The charity has put aside £500,000 of its reserves, and has already raised £1.6m - but still needs to raise £3.4m.

With readers’ help, The Star can help St Luke’s reach its goal.

THE Star has pledged to raise £100,000 to build one of the 14 new single rooms at St Luke’s Hospice - and we need your help.

We have two years to put together the money and will be announcing our fundraising plans in the coming weeks.

But we need readers to help by organising their own events - whether it is a sponsored sky dive, a walk, a dinner or cake sale. If you have any ideas, please get in touch.

We need every penny we can get for this vital cause.

To kick-start the fundraising process, fill in and post the attached form, call St Luke’s on 0114 235 7600 or log-on to www.justgiving.com/thestar

And if you have any ideas for your own fundraising events, email ben.spencer@thestar.co.uk or call 0114 276 7676 ext 3103.