Glasgow’s new Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, made her first visit to The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in the city to find out about its work and meet chief executive Rhona Baillie.
The Lord Provost is President of the hospice and has been for every new term.
The hospice has had strong links with Glasgow City Council throughout its history. The council gifted the buildings at Carlton Place where the hospice first opened its doors and the land at Bellahouston Park where a new hospice is being built.
“We would like to offer the warmest of welcomes to Eva, it has been fantastic to be able to show her the work we do and tell her all about our new home,” said Rhona.
“The support we have had over the years from the council has been incredible and we look forward to continuing those links as we work with Eva.”
Work started to build the new hospice last September and is now more than halfway complete. When patients move in spring 2018 it will provide state-of-the-art facilities for palliative care. The aim is to bring 21st-century hospice care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of palliative care, providing the flexibility to develop and improve services, and lower the hospice’s age limit to include 16-year-old patients and their families.
Lord Provost Eva Bolander said: “It was a pleasure to visit Glasgow’s Hospice and find out about the fantastic work it does. It’s an exciting time with the new build at Bellahouston gathering pace and the Brick by Brick Appeal ongoing.
“I know The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice has a very special place in Glaswegians’ hearts and we are so fortunate to have this wonderful facility in our city.
“The council and the hospice have a shared history, which we are extremely proud of. As Lord Provost and hospice President I’m delighted to offer the city’s continued support.”
The hospice still has £1.3million to raise to reach the £21m total of the Brick by Brick Appeal to build a brand new hospice in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park.
As work progresses on the site, staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming patients to this 21st-century hospice that will provide state-of-the-art palliative care services. The hospice’s new home will offer the flexibility to develop and improve these services for patients and families, and look after young patients aged from 16 years old.
That is why ongoing support is vital as the hospice looks to the future and extends its care to many more patients and families who need its help every day.
Left to right: Staff nurse Adrienne McGrath, hospice chief executive Rhona Baillie, Lord Provost Eva Bolander and hospice chairman Maureen Henderson.
Picture Credit : Martin Shields