Christmas has come early to patients and staff at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow with the fantastic news that the Brick by Brick Appeal has now reached £20million with £1m to go to reach its target.
This is a landmark in the biggest capital appeal in the UK by an independent hospice.
The announcement was made when Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, president of the hospice, visited the healthcare facility in Carlton Place in the city centre with Maureen Henderson, chairman of the hospice, and Charles Berry, chairman of the hospice’s capital appeal group.
Glasgow’s Hospice is raising £21m to build a state-of-the-art palliative care facility in the city’s Bellahouston Park, to enable it to expand its services and transition young patients from the age of 16 to adult hospice care.
Glasgow City Council has been a long-time supporter of the hospice, providing the townhouse in Carlton Place where it set up more than 30 years ago and the 7.5-acre site at Bellahouston Park.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce this fantastic news. The roof is on our new home, the windows and doors are in place and now reaching £20m takes us one step closer to finishing the journey we started five years ago with the Brick by Brick Appeal,” said Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
“We can’t thank enough the people of Glasgow, our supporters in London and all around the world for helping us get this far. It is an incredible achievement!”
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. The new hospice will revolutionise patient care with adaptable private, social and family spaces specifically designed to boost wellbeing and create a sense of calm.
“Glasgow and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice have a shared history and strong bonds. The council donated the current Carlton Place properties to the hospice and is a firm supporter of its work,” said Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander.
“It’s great to continue that history of friendship and support at this exciting time as the hospice looks forward to opening its new premises in Bellahouston Park on land I’m proud to say the city also donated for this important and much-admired charity.”
Make a donation to Raise the Roof, the latest phase of the Brick by Brick Appeal, online at www.ppwh.org.uk/donate or make a smaller donation of £5 by texting ROOF to 70660.