Doncaster appeal hits £160,000 mark

Pictured celebrating reaching the �150,000 mark on the appeal target board are hospice and hospice appeal staff together with Chris Burton, Group Editor at South Yorkshire Newspapers Ltd.
Pictured celebrating reaching the �150,000 mark on the appeal target board are hospice and hospice appeal staff together with Chris Burton, Group Editor at South Yorkshire Newspapers Ltd.

‘You’re amazing’ is the message from the hospice appeal team as Doncaster’s hospice appeal breaks through the £150,000 target on the appeal thermometer.

Donations have been flooding in taking the appeal up to £ £164,636.

The money has been raised by Doncaster residents who have dug deep into their pockets or arranged events to get the cash rolling in for the St John’s Hospice Appeal.

In the last few weeks money has been given to the appeal from residents who recently took part in the Great North Run, cycle rides, general donations from organisations and the public, bag packing in Marks and Spencer, coffee mornings, a charity concert and much more.

Work is nearly completed to transform the building in a £1.8 million redevelopment and a public viewing day is currently being arranged for November 14 between 3pm and 7pm to see how the hospice, off Weston Road, Balby, has been transformed. It is hoped patients will move back into the hospice, from the temporary hospice at Tickhill Road Hospital, later in November. The revamp sees the hospice completely renovated to provide a modern, welcoming, comforting and supportive environment for Doncaster patients.

Most of the work is being funded by a Department of Health grant, with support from the Cancer Detection Trust and the RDaSH’s Charitable Funds. However, there is a funding gap of £500,000 – money that the appeal is aiming to raise.

Lawson Pater, Chairman of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), who run the hospice, said: “This is excellent news. I want to thank each and every person who has made a donation to the appeal. We appreciate every penny raised and it is going to make a huge difference to people who use the hospice service, as well as their families and carers.”

Once building work has been completed, the appeal will continue until the target is reached.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so in the following ways:

Visit the Just Giving site at http://www.justgiving.com/St-Johns-Hospice

Ring the Hospice Community Fundraiser Mel Hewitt on 01302 798391.

Text HKOK98 to 70070 followed by the amount, for example £5 to 70070

Deposit cash in collection tins or visit the hospice

Send cheques, payable to St John’s Hospice Development Appeal, St John’s Hospice, Weston Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8JS

Readers can also follow the hospice appeal on social media via Twitter @stjohnsappeal or Facebook by searching StJohns Appeal