Community springs into action to raise funds for new hospice building

10th Eastbourne Brownies and friends
10th Eastbourne Brownies and friends

A CONSTRUCTION of the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice has received a fundraising boost from the community.

Supporters of all ages are pulling out the stops to raise cash for the new building which will be built to the north of Cross Levels Way.

The 10th Eastbourne Brownies organised a camp fire in aid of the hospice, with more than 125 taking part and Rainbows and Guides from the local area joining the Brownies in singing a variety of camp fire songs and raising £200.

School pupils at Eastbourne Academy held a Mufti Day and an Easter Egg Raffle and their fundraising efforts netted £800 which they handed over to hospice staff.

Craft ladies of the Seaford Inner Circle were able to raise £500 towards special equipment for the in-patient unit by selling some of the crafts they make when they meet as a group.

Pensioner John Reeves auctioned some of his paintings and donated the proceeds to St Wilfrid’s.

Mr Reeves attends the Day Therapy Unit weekly and presented a cheque to nurses Ruth Nunn and Julie Lee.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously voted through the proposal in October 2010 after 10 years of searching for an appropriate site.

The council had previously rejected plans to expand its Mill Gap Road site to include 15 inpatient en-suite bedrooms and underground parking.

The new building off Cross Levels Way will boast 20 inpatient rooms to cater for the ever-growing demands on the hospice’s free services.

The centre will also cater for day patients and will house training facilities for hospice carers.

In the 18 months leading up to the council giving the proposals its full approval, 18 people died at home, waiting for a bed because the hospice was full.

St Wilfrid’s hopes to mark its 30th anniversary on November 28, 2013 by opening its doors to patients.