A fundraising campaign to pay for the overhaul of a hospice has passed the £50,000 mark.
Those behind the drive to improve St John’s Hospice have received the best Christmas present after a flurry of fundraising activity and donations saw the total hit £57,317.
The Free Press has teamed up with Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust and health bosses to help raise the £500,000 needed fort he revamp.
Helen Thompson, hospice matron, said: “I want to thank everyone who has raised money for the hospice appeal. Whatever the donation, whether it’s a pound or several thousands – every penny counts. It’s the best Christmas present we could ever wish for, reaching the first milestone on our target board. It’s excellent.”
The hospice in St John’s Road, Balby, opened in the 1990s and cares for people with life-limiting illnesses.
The trust, and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust - which is responsible for costs - have announced a £1.8 million upgrade which will be completely renovated to provide a modern, welcoming and comforting environment for patients.
They have secured £1.3 million and have launched a campaign to raise the remaining £500,000.
The total has recently been boosted by two donations from relatives of people who have died.
Movember fundraising, the sale of knitted snowmen at Edlington Primary School, festive fairs, a sponsored sky-dive by a pensioner, raffles, and bucket collections have all boosted the total.
A raffle, with a prize of a hand-made doll’s house, has also so far raised £613 with tickets still being sold.
Donations instead of buying Christmas cards have also boosted the charity coffers.
Optima International in Toll Bar, has donated £5,800 from a summer fair while Amazon and Golden Acre Dairy Foods have also donated.
Work is already underway at the hospice with developers preparing the building ready to start the renovation work in the coming weeks. The work is expected to be completed by June next year.
Can you help the hospice reach the £500,000 target? If so, whether it’s by taking part in a sponsored event or by becoming a fundraising volunteer, call the hospice on 01302 796666.
People wishing to donate can do so by visit the appeal’s Just Giving site at http://www.justgiving.com/St-Johns-Hospice, by texting HKOK98 to 70070 followed by the amount, for example £5 to 70070, through depositing cash in collection tins or by dropping in to the hospice and making a donation there.