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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Hospice at Home's new £700,000 centre officially opened

A new £700,000 centre in Workington which helps people with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones has been officially opened.

Hospice at Home shop opening photo
Mayor Konrad Hansen and shop manager Pauline Mitchell cut the ribbon

Workington mayor Konrad Hansen cut the ribbon to open the new Hospice at Home West Cumbria centre in Finkle Street.

The building, formerly the Derwent Bookshop, includes a second-hand shop which has moved from its old premises in Jane Street, where it had been based for the last seven years.

The clinical side of the centre, which includes a lymphoedema clinic, complementary therapy, family room and counselling rooms, will open on March 4.

It marks a new era for the charity and is the first time it will have had a dedicated centre offering services to complement its palliative care work, which will continue.

Readers of our sister paper, the Times & Star, raised £21,616 to help kit out the centre in its Hospice@Finkle Street Appeal, which began last July.

Mr Hansen said: “I think this is probably one of the most worthwhile shops we have in the town centre.”

Linda Hewitt, chief executive of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “The centre looks absolutely amazing. It’s given me some sleepless nights but to see it open is just fantastic.”

Around 30 volunteers will work at the second-hand shop, which will be open from 9.30am to 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Pauline Mitchell will continue in her role as shop manager.

David Clifford, site manager for Flimby building firm Thomas Armstrong, said: “We are a local firm and for us to be involved in something like this is very important.”

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