Hospice makes final push to raise funds for inpatient unit

PUBLISHED: 16:17 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 18 October 2018

Room To Care appeal.

Room To Care appeal.

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A multi-million-pound redevelopment of an inpatient unit for the terminally ill is just weeks away from completion – but public support is still needed to help reach the huge fundraising target required.

St Peter’s Hospice, which provides end-of-life care and support to patients from North Somerset, has been transformed over the past 12 months.

The old inpatient unit has been demolished and construction of a new centre is continuing apace.

When the project began last year it was hoped the unit would be welcoming its first inpatients in the autumn, but the timing has slipped ever so slightly. The unit is expected to open in late-November or early-December, following a thorough clean.

The project has cost an estimated £7million, of which little more than £1.5million had to be collected through public donations.

Generous grants from organisations, businesses and the public mean the Brentry-based hospice is closing in on its Room To Care Appeal target.

But approximately £75,000 is still required, prompting a final call for help.

Head of fundraising, Sarah Allen-Gunn, is urging Times readers to support the cause as it approaches the final stages.

Speaking to the Times, she said: “The build has progressed really well and we’re still on track to welcome the first patients into the new facility towards the end of November.

“The support we’ve received from people in North Somerset has been tremendous.

“People have organised fundraising balls, attended our events and donated directly to the appeal which has helped us get to where we are.

“We are now working hard to raise the remaining £71,000 left to hit target and would encourage anyone who is able to support us to dig deep and help us get over the finishing line.”

St Peter’s, which also takes in terminally-ill patients from South Gloucestershire and Bristol, has been running its inpatient unit from Keynsham on a temporary basis while the work is taking place. Other services have been taken elsewhere too, with Penny Brohn in Pill helping out too.

But the new-look unit, featuring individual en-suite rooms for patients, beautiful gardens and community rooms signifies a huge upgrade for the hospice, with staff saying it is a ‘once-in-a-generation’ project.

Visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk to donate.

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