Work starts on £1.8m overhaul of hospice

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Work has begun on the extensive redevelopment of a hospice which cares for hundreds of people with life limiting illnesses each year.

A sod cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of a £1.8 million revamp of St John’s Hospice in Balby.

The Free Press has teamed up with Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust to help raise the £500,000 needed to complete the work after health bosses secured £1.3 million.

Madeleine Keyworth, chairman of RDaSH, helped to perform the ceremony.

She said: “I want to thank Doncaster people who are helping to fundraise for this vital work to be carried out. Please keep up the fundraising.”

The project will see the hospice, in Weston Road, which opened in the early 1990s, completely renovated to provide a modern, comforting and supportive environment for patients.

Anyone who would like to take part in the fundraising appeal should contact the hospice on 01302 796666.

Alternatively you can donate by texting HKOK98 followed by the amount to 70070