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HONITON: East Devon Day hospice appeal on target
Thursday, 12 December 2013
The fundraising team behind the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the level of support received from the local community.
Hospiscare announced plans for a new state-of-the-art day hospice in October, and the fundraising appeal was also launched to help cover the cost of the build and equip the new centre.
The project has already received a £510,000 grant from NHS England, but the charity is hoping to raise a further £250,000 to support the centre.
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.
Appeal Fundraiser Sarah Smith said: “We are approaching £7,500, most of which has come from local businesses who have stepped in to help us out with our initial marketing and getting our website up and running.
“The response has been overwhelming. The warmth towards this project has been far beyond what we were expecting. The support from the town has been absolutely fantastic and will continue to be vital as the project moves forward.”
The day hospice will be situated in Kings Street in Honiton, but will provide medical and social care services for the whole of East Devon, maintaining the charity’s commitment to community care.
The building that currently occupies the site is scheduled to be demolished in January, with work on the hospice to start in February. Hospiscare hopes to open the new centre in the autumn.
Mrs Smith added: “It is going really well so far but we think it will really take off when we demolish the current building in January, when people can see the work being done.
“We always generate a great response from people – it is because we are local and because we are not associated with any one illness. But we never rest on our laurels.
“We know that it is a big ask so we really need that warmth and support to continue. If anyone has a hobby which they think they can turn into a fundraising activity, we urge them to get behind the appeal.”
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