Champagne corks are popping at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow with the fantastic news that the Brick by Brick Appeal has now reached its £21million target.
The hospice launched the appeal in 2012 to find the money to create a new purpose-built facility on a 7.5-acre green site on land gifted by Glasgow City Council in Bellahouston Park.
After six years of epic fundraising from individuals, groups and corporate hospice supporters all across the country and as far afield as New York, the incredible figure of £21m has been reached.
“We are absolutely thrilled, it has been an incredible journey - the generosity of Scots all across the UK and abroad has been overwhelming,” said Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us.
This news comes as we get ready to move patients to our new home in early autumn, enabling us to provide a gold standard of care to patients and families for many years to come.”
From bake sales and sponsored runs to onesie days and glamorous balls, donations of all shapes and sizes have built the new hospice.
Champion fundraiser Frank Gilroy and his Cy-run team have raised £125,000 by taking on epic challenges, from the Guinness world record for the fastest time in a charity mascot at the London Marathon and Great Scottish Run to running the 52-mile five ferries route around the west coast of Scotland.
Meanwhile, Glasgow’s school pupils have raised more than £100,000 in sponsored events across the city.
Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, who is also the hospice president, said: “Glasgow cares deeply about its hospice and values the world-class care and support it provides. I’m extremely proud to witness this new chapter in its history and to offer the city’s continuing support as it delivers expert care for patients and those who love them for years to come.”
This is the biggest capital appeal in the UK by an independent hospice.
The hospice’s capital appeal group chairman Charles Berry said he felt honoured to have played a part in such a landmark moment in the history of the hospice.
The chairman of the Weir Group said: “It is an incredible achievement to reach the £21m total of the capital appeal, enabling the hospice to provide the very highest standards of palliative care for generations to come.”
The new facility in Bellahouston Park will lead the way in palliative care, offering a gold standard of care and support to 1200 new patients and families every year in a purpose-built facility.
The first hospice in the UK to be built to the Scandinavian Sengetun model of care, it is set in parkland in the south of the city on land donated by Glasgow city Council. The new hospice will revolutionize patient care with adaptable private, social and family spaces specifically designed to boost wellbeing and create a sense of calm.