STAFF and patients have been left disgusted after thieves stole lead from the Barnsley Hospice building.

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 last Friday.

Hospice chief executive Julie Ferry 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.”

The hospice is only given an annual grant of £1.6m a year and therefore has to raise another £2.2m a year itself just so it can keep up with the care that it provides people with.

The stolen lead has now been replaced with a non-lead alternative which has cost hundreds of pounds to fix.

Information to South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 14/124412/18.