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EAST DEVON: Hospice appeal gathers pace

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Fundraisers behind the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal were toasting a landmark moment for the project this week, as the building that currently occupies the site was demolished. Hospiscare announced plans for a new state-of-the-art day hospice based in Honiton back in October, and the fundraising appeal was launched to help cover the cost of the build and equip the new centre. Since then, more than £40,000 has been raised towards the appeal and organisers have been delighted with the response from the local community. Hospiscare appeal fundraiser Sarah Smith said the demolition of the building was a “special” day for everyone involved with the project. She said: “To see the walls coming down was really exciting and a landmark moment for the appeal – it was a very special day for everyone. “Hospiscare serves the local community because we are a local charity, and we now need the community to show their support for us. “So far they have been brilliant and we need them to continue to pull out all the stops to help the fundraising appeal.” The new day hospice will provide complementary therapies in specialised treatment rooms, as well as educational facilities for the training of healthcare professionals and students. Situated in King Street but providing medical and social care services for the whole of East Devon, the day hospice will maintain the charity’s commitment to community care. The project has already received a £510,000 grant from NHS England, and organisers are hoping to raise a further £250,000 to support the centre. Mrs Smith added: “We are thrilled with the response of the public and the warmth they have shown has been overwhelming. “The money raised so far has come from concerts and cake sales to shaving heads and trekking the Sahara – people have shown incredible imagination in their fundraising for this project. “I would also like to extend our thanks to the six construction companies – KJ Thulborn Ltd, APEX Scaffolding, Olds Demolition, Aggregate Industries, EDS Ltd and BT Jenkins – which volunteered their time to clear vegetation and provide various other services; overall this has saved us in the region of £60,000.” Construction workers will be on site next week with the build expected to start immediately. Work should be completed by the end of the year with the centre open to patients from the start of 2015.

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