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Deborah’s Diamond Ball raises more than £20,000

A CHARITY ball held in memory of well-known Sheffield businesswoman Deborah Holmes has raised more than £20,000 for our patient care.

Deborah’s Diamond Ball marked what would have been Deborah’s 60th birthday.

The event was organised by her daughter Rebecca Dransfield and sister Amanda Holmes with more than 200 guests attending a fabulous evening in the beautiful setting of the city’s Cutlers Hall.

Guests enjoyed music by X Factor’s Jack and Joel and the English Gentlemen as well as a charity auction and raffle – and the evening raised a total of £20,253 for St Luke’s.

Deborah was the founder and owner Sandersons Department Store at Fox Valley in her hometown of Stocksbridge.

She died in January 2019 at St Luke’s and in her last weeks was supported by our Community Team.

The store now has sister stores in Stroud and Morpeth and Rebecca is the Senior Buyer.

Deborah’s family have undertaken a number of fundraising endeavours for the charity in the last three years.

Her husband Mark raises funds for the hospice through his company’s annual charity bike ride and friends and family have also taken part in the Sheffield half marathon and other events.

Rebecca said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the ball and helped us to raise such a brilliant amount of money for such a wonderful cause.

“My mum used to plan and organise fantastic events and balls for charity so it seemed a fitting way to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.

“She had a great talent for bringing people from all walks of life together and she was so loved by many people.

“We wanted to organise this special event for St Lukes to thank this very special place for being there when our family needed them - they helped us during one of the worse times possible and I will continue in my efforts to raise money for such an amazing charity.”

Our Fundraising Account Manager Anna Gott said: “To raise such a fantastic sum in just one evening was an extraordinary achievement and we cannot thank Deborah’s family enough for all the great work they are doing on our behalf.

“In this our 50th anniversary year we depend more than ever on the generosity of the public and Deborah’s family can be assured that the money they are raising will mean many other people enjoy the same standard of care that Deborah received both from the St Luke’s CommunityTeam and from our In Patient Centre.”

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