Millers Legends come together for Rotherham Hospice

Miller Legends night cheque presentation

Rotherham Hospice is more than grateful for the members of Rotherham’s community that dedicate their time to fundraise for us. One such member is Kev Johnson, a long-time supporter of Rotherham Hospice, Rotherham United fan and pillar of the Rotherham community.  

This month, Kev organised a ‘Millers Legends Night’ at Rotherham Rugby Club, where fans of Rotherham United could join a Q&A session with some of their favourite ex-players, enjoy live music from Damian Luke and the Sweet Beast, and have a meal of pie and peas kindly provided by the Rugby Club themselves. 

A big thank you to John Stiles for hosting the Q&A, interviewing the likes of Millers Legends John Breckin (pictured with Kev Johnson), Guy Branston, Mark Todd, Ronnie Moore and Ben Pringle.

The night raised an amazing total of £6000 through ticket sales, raffle tickets and an auction, which will help fund patient care and bereavement support for our Rotherham families. The event wouldn’t have been possible without its incredible sponsors – Eric Twigg Foods, Cascade Drainage and Rainworth Skoda – and the generosity of those that donated the raffle prizes and auction items. 

All the staff & volunteers at Rotherham Hospice would like to thank Kev Johnson for organising such a brilliant event, dedicating his time to putting it all together and making sure it ran as smoothly as it did.

 Kev has raised money for Rotherham Hospice before by raffling off a signed RUFC shirt and donating excess funds from Mark Smith’s signed Shearer shirt to the Hospice. Altogether he has raised almost £10,000 for the Hospice this year alone! 

millers legend night

When asked why he chooses to support Rotherham Hospice, Kev says, “it’s a charity that’s at the heart of our community.”

And he’s not stopping! Kev has even bigger plans for fundraising events to come, watch this space!

Has Kev inspired you to be a Hospice Hero? You could run a race, do a bake sale, take on a daredevil challenge (check out our Events Diary to see what’s on) or fundraise via your business. There are lots of ways to get involved, find out more on our fundraising page.

Rotherham United give the Hospice a hand!

Give the Hospice a Hand
We are delighted to share that Rotherham United will be ‘Giving the Hospice a Hand’ as they pledge their full support to the red glove initiative, which will see vital funds raised for Rotherham Hospice at the Sky Bet League One fixture with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 19th March.


It promises to be a sight like no other ever seen at a match at AESSEAL New York Stadium, when thousands of fans don red gloves following the idea from Honorary Life President of Rotherham United and long-term supporter of the Hospice, John Breckin.

John Breckin Red Glove Day for Rotherham Hospice


Volunteers from the Rotherham Hospice and the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust will be positioned around AESSEAL New York Stadium armed with red gloves to distribute and buckets for donations to the charity.


The gloves are free for any supporter to collect on their way into the ground, but we are asking that fans make any kind of donation up to any amount they’d like to give as they take a pair.

Speaking ahead of the game, John Breckin said:

“Rotherham Hospice has touched so many people’s lives in this town and I like to help out with their fundraising whenever I can.”

“I had this idea, envisaging thousands of fans waving and clapping all wearing red gloves and thought we could have some fun on the day whilst raising money for a great cause, not least because the Hospice needs around £6m a year to keep it functioning.”

The Hospice would also like to thank the various club sponsors and businesses who have backed this event, including KCM Waste Management, EMG Marketing, CRB Doors, Eagle Platforms, House Hairdressers, Wickersley PA Entertainments, Good Measure Pharmacy, Maltby Main FC and big Millers fan Bill Dabell, which will mean everything fans contribute will go to the Hospice.

“We are a community club and I’ve found that the people of Rotherham are so generous and we certainly look after our own,” John Breckin continued.

Breck My Life in Football in aid of Rotherham Hospice

“The Hospice has had a tough time with its fundraising during the past two years of the pandemic and this is a chance to give them a hand – hence the red glove idea,” added John who is donating profits from his book (Breck: My Life in Football) to the Hospice, which he hopes will reach £10,000 eventually.


The fundraising has already started for the Rotherham Hospice and if you’re feeling generous you can contribute now on our Give the Hospice a Hand Just Giving page.
Or you can text to donate:
Text REDGLOVE followed by your donation amount to 70085 to give that amount.
Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.


Thank you for your support.

Light up a Life

Light up a Life 2021

Light up a Life is a special time for all of us. It is a time for reflection and a time in which we come together to remember those who are sadly no longer with us. We gather as a community here in Rotherham, sharing memories and lighting candles for our loved ones.

This year, the hospice gardens were lit up, accompanied by a wintery mist coming in from Herringthorpe playing fields, for our two Light up a Life Services of Remembrance.

Stars of Remembrance with messages of love filled the tree by the pathway to the Tree of Life, and the lights across the gardens gave the whole event an extra special atmosphere lasting into the early evening. And it was an evening filled with beautiful readings, poems, music, and songs.

Director of Income Generation & Communications at the Hospice, Stephen King said:

“This was my first experience of Light up a Life and it was very moving. It is an honour to work for an organisation that touches so many people’s lives. I felt immensely proud of everyone involved”.

Light up a Life has raised over £10,000 so far. The funds raised are essential for keeping services such as our Inpatient Unit, our Hospice at Home Service, and Sunbeams Child Bereavement Service running all year round. Every penny makes a difference to families across Rotherham.

A special thanks to Ruth Lockwood for her wonderful songs on Sunday. To Roseanne Stinchcombe for the beautiful sound of the harp. To Jeremy Neal for the PA system that is so crucial to the event. To the choir for singing to us on Saturday. To The Rotherham Advertiser for all they do for Light up a Life. To Dom and his team for doing such a stunning job lighting up the gardens in time for the event. And to you, our wonderful supporters.

Light up a Life will be back for 2022 and we look forward to seeing you all there.

In the meantime, from all of us here at Rotherham Hospice, have a safe and happy New Year.

You can still donate for Light up a Life on the link here, and clicking “Donate Now”.