Work starts on new hospice

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CONSTRUCTION work has begun on a modern purpose-built home for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

This computer-generated artist’s impression shows how Eastbourne’s new £8m hospice building is expected to look when it’s completed in autumn 2013.

The charity has told the Herald that work has begun to build a new temporary access road at the hospice’s new site on Broadwater Way, just off Cross Levels Way.

St Wilfrid’s hopes to have the new 20-bed inpatient facility and training centre up and running ahead of the organisation’s 30th anniversary on November 28, 2013.

Planning permission was granted by Eastbourne Borough Council for the new site in October after a decade-long search for suitable land.

The hospice said it desperately needed larger premises because in 2010 24 people died at home while waiting for space at the inpatient unit in the hospice’s current facilities in Mill Gap Road.

Kara Bishop, chief executive, said, “St Wilfrid’s Hospice has been serving the community from a modified Victorian family home for the past 27 years.

“Demand for our specialist palliative care has been constantly growing and our current facilities are no longer capable of meeting demand.”

The construction of the site will be managed by Robinson Low Francis (RLF) a construction and consultancy company with extensive experience in the care sector. The care provided by St Wifrid’s is free, regardless of patients’ circumstances. But the hospice is reliant on donations, so St Wilfrid’s is always on the lookout for new fundraising ideas.

The NHS only contributes 15 per cent of the hospices’s £3.5m annual running costs and the remainder is covered by the generosity of its supporters.

If you would like to make a donation or organise a fundraising event, call 644500 or email fundraising@stwhospice.org