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HONITON: Plans for new day hospice in Honiton
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Hospiscare has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art day hospice in Honiton. The new building will provide important medical and social care services to the whole East Devon region, writes JACK?DIXON.
Hospiscare has purchased a site on King Street and building work will start in January, with a view to opening the centre in the summer of next year.
The building of the hospice, which also marks a new partnership with Budleigh, Exmouth and Sidmouth Hospiscare, is being funded by a £510,000 grant from NHS England as well as donations from Hospiscare’s sister charities.
But the organisation needs to raise a further £250,000 to complete the project and cover the running costs for two years. The East Devon Day Hospice Appeal is also being launched this week to try to raise the money.
Hospiscare chief executive Glynis Atherton said: “Rural isolation is a major issue in the East Devon area and we know that there is a demand for flexible, locally based hospice care.
“This centre will make a massive difference to the quality of life for patients and their families.”
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.
East Devon community nurse, Angela Phillips, said: “Hospiscare has an excellent working relationship with the Primary Health Care teams and social service providers in East Devon, and I feel that this excellent facility will continue to encourage collaborative working with these and other organisations.”
Interior designer Naomi Cleaver will also be working on the project. Ms Cleaver is best known as a television presenter of property design programmes such as Grand Designs and Britain’s Best Home, but has recently collaborated with the Devon Wildlife Trust on a housing project.
Ms Cleaver said: “I’m very excited to be involved with this fantastic project. Environment is fundamental to well-being, and the issues at hand go to the heart of what my design philosophy is about.”
A series of open events are being held throughout October to provide information on the appeal. The meetings take place at the Church Rooms, Axminster on October 17th, 10am-12noon; RBL Hall, West Hill on October 19th, 10am-12noon; and Otter Nurseries on October 30th, 4pm-8pm.
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