Sheffield football fans have raised almost £12,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

The sporting action started when Sheffield Wednesday fan James Lindsay – in response to some good natured ribbing from Premiership bound Sheffield United – launched a fundraising campaign on behalf of St Luke’s which raised an amazing £7,902.09 in just a few hours.

A match day collection for Wednesday’s fixture against QPR, manned by St Luke’s volunteers, then added a further £2,082.92.

And then a post-match fundraising event at the Park Hotel, just a short walk from Wednesday’s Hillsborough home, brought in an extra £1,800.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Sheffield Wednesday’s fans,” said St Luke’s Community Fundraising Manager Megan Senior.

“Between them they raised an astonishing £11,785, all of which will make an enormous difference to the lives of our patients and their families.”