Thieves steal lead from Barnsley Hospice building

29 August 2018

Callous thieves have stolen lead from the exterior of Barnsley Hospice, leaving staff ‘disgusted’.

On Friday 24 August, a maintenance worker discovered that lead flashing had been taken from two sides of the outbuilding which houses the laundrette behind the In-Patient Unit.

It has now been replaced with a non-lead alternative, at a cost to the charity of hundreds of pounds. The theft has been reported to the police.  

Julie Ferry, chief executive of Barnsley Hospice, said: “It’s despicable. There are people out there in the community doing so much to raise money to help us continue our care, and at the same time someone has decided to do this. I think I speak on behalf of all our staff, volunteers and supporters when I say how disappointed we are.”

HR director Alan Measham, who noticed the missing flashing from his office, added: “I’m disgusted. It’s difficult to put into words how I feel about someone stooping so low.”

Although the NHS provides the charity with an annual grant of £1.6m, it still has to raise a further £2.2m each year to care for patients and their families.

To donate to Barnsley Hospice or get involved in fundraising events, visit or call 01226 244244.

Anyone with any information about the theft is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 14/124412/18.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Barnsley Hospice.  

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL and has been providing care since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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