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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbrian hospice team centre gets go-ahead

PLANS for a £500,000 centre for west Cumbria’s Hospice at Home team in Workington have been given the green light.

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Change of use: The Derwent Bookshop in Finkle Street

The charity wants to buy and convert the vacant Derwent Bookshop in Finkle Street to expand its services.

The plans, which are dependant on a grant from the Department of Health, were given the go-ahead by Allerdale planners, ahead of the grant being handed out.

Bob Barnby, fundraising manager for the hospice, said it involved “a major development” for their service. He said they currently had to use rented space “at various locations” around west Cumbria and having a single site would allow them to expand and create a permanent base for their family support and lymphoedema services.

He said the project would present a “real chance” to develop and extend existing services.

He stressed that the hospice would remain committed to the whole of west Cumbria and that there would be no reduction to services in other areas.

Linda Hewitt, chief executive of Hospice at Home, said she was delighted with all the hard work that had gone into putting the bid together. “To have purpose-designed facilities will be a major step forward for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and will greatly enhance the services that we provide,” she said.

“While this proposed development is in Workington, it is important to stress that hospice remains committed to the whole of west Cumbria and there will be no reduction to services offered in other areas.”

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

It offers palliative care to people who have life-threatening illnesses and supports their families and carers.

VBrenan@cngroup.co.uk

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