An appeal to furnish the rooms in the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice has been launched.
The new multi-million pound hospice facility has been built on Broadwater Way.
The new bigger and better hospice will replace St Wilfrid’s current site in Mill Gap Road.
The new facility, near to Sainsbury’s and The David Lloyd Club, is due to open in the autumn.
The charity has, for the first time, launched a direct appeal to the local community to raise funds to equip 10 of the 20 bedrooms in its new building.
The hospice, which only receives 15 per cent of its funding from the NHS, needs the funds to cover the cost of beds, medical equipment and chairs.
The new hospice has been built in response to the growing demand for its services within the community.
It will not only double the number of beds it can offer patients, it will also allow the hospice to offer more activities for patients and their families.
Mary Lacey, fundraising director, said , “The new facilities include a Wellbeing Centre for day patients as well as treatment rooms and a physiotherapy gym.
“ All of which will ensure that those living with a life limiting illness can live as fully as possible until the end of their lives.”
St Wilfrid’s is a cause close to the heart of many locals and the generous support of Eastbourne people has enabled the charity to build the new state-of-the-art facility.
Although the building costs have been very carefully managed the team always knew the savings would not be enough to fully furnish and equip the building.
Mary Lacey added, “Now, St Wilfrid’s needs your help to provide the best care possible for those who require support within the community.”
To help the bed appeal , make a donation or find out more call St Wilfrid’s on 01323 644500.
Alternatively, you can make a one off donation or sign up to give regular donations by visiting the hospice website at www.stwhospice.org.