As we near completion of the build of our new home, we are thanking supporters for helping us get this far, and asking you to stay with us on our journey. We’re nearly there! With £750,000 still to raise to reach our £21m target, we have launched the final exciting phase of our Brick by Brick Appeal – your chance to help us Kit it Out to build a new home for Glasgow’s Hospice.
We are delighted to tell you that work on the site of our new hospice in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park is going well. Fitted bedroom furniture is in place in the patient bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms are being tiled and outside the gardens are being planted. It is possible to see how our patients will use the space and feel a real sense of comfort and home. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our Brick by Brick Appeal has so far raised more than £20m and we are so close to the £21m target needed to build our brand new purpose-built home – it will provide care for the people of Glasgow now and for generations to come.
Your support has never been more important to us. By taking one step closer to finishing work on the build we can provide a building that meets the demands of 21st-century palliative care.
We are one of the first hospices in Scotland to transition young people to adult hospice care from children’s services and have started working with them. In our new home there will be space for two beds for young people aged from 16 years and a wealth of support in day services, as well as a separate lounge for them to relax with their friends. The hospice has made considerable progress working with young adult patients and this is reflected in the number of referrals, as well as our growing reputation and co-production with young people, families/carers and other teams and organisations.
Our new hospice will allow us to offer all of our patients the privacy, dignity and choice that everyone with a life-limiting illness should have. We will have outdoor space, giving patients the opportunity to enjoy the gardens and feel the sun on
their face, space that gives families the opportunity to enjoy a meal together and family bedrooms that provide the opportunity to stay over and be near their loved ones. Our aim is to allow patients to have the quality of life they deserve when living with terminal illness, in a place that looks and feels like home. It will revolutionise the care we offer, with the focus on patient and family living, with clinical activity close by, but in the background.
Every day in the hospice I see first-hand the impact your donations make to the lives of the patients and families we care for. In day services, on the wards and out in the community, our nurses and medical staff provide palliative care, symptom relief, psychological and spiritual support to patients living with a life-limiting condition. We are here to help our patients and families achieve the best quality of life.
With your help we can build our new home and provide the highest standards of care to the people of Glasgow. Thank you so much for your support, please stay with us – we’re nearly there, let’s build Glasgow’s Hospice together.