Work will soon start on hospice’s new premises

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ST WILFRID’S Hospice is gearing up for work to begin on its long-awaited new premises.

A security fence has gone up around the site just off Cross Levels Way as the hospice gears up for construction work to start next month. St Wilfrid’s hopes to have the new 20-bed inpatient facility and training centre ready for action to mark its 30th anniversary on November 28, 2013.

The hospice recently announced it had finalised the purchase of land in Broadwater Way, following several months of negotiations.

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

Chief executive Kara Bishop said, “I’m delighted that finally we can start to bring the new hospice plans to reality.

“There is a desperate need for hospice facilities in this area as we have half as many hospice beds as the national average.”

Twenty-four people died at home last year waiting for space at the inpatient unit in the hospice’s current facilities in Mill Gap Road.

“Building a new 20-bed hospice will mean that we can make an impact on even more lives in the community we serve,” said Mrs Bishop.