BAFTA-winning actor Laura Fraser and comedy star Karen Dunbar are asking supporters of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice to help them Kit it Out.
That’s the name of the final phase of the hospice’s £21million Brick by Brick Appeal to build a new home in the city’s Bellahouston Park.
With £750,000 still to raise the reach the target, and patients due to move in the summer, the hospice needs to buy furniture, cushions, sofas, curtains and plants – everything to kit out the new building.
Laura Fraser said: “The hospice does the most amazing work, offering care at such a difficult time in the lives of patients and families. Glasgow’s Hospice relies on the generosity of supporters to provide that care now and for many years to come at its new home in Bellahouston Park. The new hospice will offer all patients the privacy, dignity and choice that everyone with a life-limiting illness should have.”
Work on the site of the new hospice 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 patients will use the space and feel a real sense of comfort and home.
Karen Dunbar said: “The new state-of-the-art home for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park will enable the wonderful staff to deliver even better care to patients and their families every day.
“It will be a fantastic place that looks and feels like home, but offers the very highest standard of palliative care.”
Support from the people of Glasgow has never been more important to the hospice. By taking one step closer to finishing work on the build, it can provide a building that meets the demands of 21st-century palliative care.
“We are here to help our patients and families achieve the best quality of life,” said Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
“We will have outdoor space, giving patients the opportunity to enjoy the gardens and feel the sun on their face, space that gives families a place to enjoy a meal together and family bedrooms that allow loved ones to stay overnight.
“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.”
Glasgow’s Hospice provides specialist care to patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses. Patients are expected to move to the new state-of-the-art hospice that will bring the very highest standards of palliative care to the people of Glasgow in the summer.
The seven-and-a-half acre site in the city’s Bellahouton Park was gifted by Glasgow City Council and includes extensive garden grounds as well as 16 patient bedrooms, including rooms for young adult patients aged from 16.
Make a donation to Kit it Out, the final phase of the hospice’s Brick by Brick Appeal, online here or make a smaller donation of £5 by texting KitItOut to 70660.
Pictured, from left to right: Heather Manson, director of fundraising at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice; Karen Dunbar and Laura Fraser.
Notes to Editors:
About The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice at Carlton Place, Glasgow, is a charity, founded in 1980.
We provide person-centred and family-focused palliative care and support. Our specialist staff and wonderful volunteers are trained to work with those individuals and families who are living with significant challenges to their health and wellbeing.
The hospice depends on the generosity of supporters and the community to raise the £3.1million annually in voluntary donations that is required to maintain our invaluable services for the people of Glasgow.
We have outgrown our much-loved hospice building – it no longer meets our requirements or vision for the future of care of patients and their families – and are raising £21m to build a brand new, purpose-built hospice on a leafy green site in the city’s Bellahouston Park. Patients will move in 2018.
Our aim is to bring 21st-century hospice care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services, providing us with the flexibility to develop and improve our services and lower our age limit to 16-year-old patients.
Issued by The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.