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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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£400,000 grant will kickstart new centre for Cumbrian hospice

The bosses of Hospice at Home in west Cumbria believe a £400,000 grant could be the key to getting their new Workington centre off the ground.

Hospice at home photo
From left, chief executive Linda Hewitt, chairman Terry Collins and vice-chair Richard Stout

Details of the grant were announced last week, together with £275,002 for Carlisle’s Eden Valley hospice.

The charity revealed plans for a new £700,000 centre in Workington earlier this year but said it depended whether the grant was approved.

They are now celebrating the news and have already started work on more potential fundraising activities.

Linda Hewitt, chief executive officer, described the grant as “a fabulous start” for the new centre.

“Our trustees and I have already started work on how we are going to raise the rest of the money,” she said.

Terry Collins, hospice chairman, said: “We have just celebrated our first 25 years as a community-based charity in west Cumbria.

“Establishing this new centre would be a tremendous start to the next 25 years.”

The charity wants to buy and convert the vacant Derwent Bookshop in Finkle Street to expand its services. They have already been given the go-ahead by Allerdale planners so work can now begin on the next stage.

The hospice will continue to offer palliative care in people’s homes, but the new centre would provide specialist clinical support and a permanent space for therapy and work with people to help them cope after diagnosis and bereavement.

Founded in 1987, 35 per cent of the charity’s costs are paid for by the NHS.

Eden House Children’s Hospice, the county’s only children’s hospice, has been given £275,002 for its building to be improved.

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