“THIS is a celebration but the job is not done yet,” Noel Cramer, head fund raiser of Marie Curie Hospice’s Big Build appeal, told the Solihull News this week.
The hospice’s ambitious aim to raise £7 million to build a new centre off Marsh Lane has now reached its £3 million milestone.
With the shell of the new state-of-the-art centre near completion, hospice staff and volunteers are now working tirelessly to raise the remaining £4 million needed to kit out the inside of the venue.
The new hospice will have the scope to provide care to more patients and families, including those who want to remain in their own homes. There will be 24 single, en-suite in-patient bedrooms as opposed to just three single rooms at the current hospice.
There will also be improved facilities for outpatient and day care services.
Hospice Manager, Liz Cottier said the hospice is still on track to raise the remaining funds for when the centre is due to open next year.
She added: “We are extremely pleased to have raised the £3 million we needed to build the exterior and we are immensely grateful to the public for their generosity and hope they will continue to support us.”
Giovanni Pellegrini, whose wife Dorothy spent her final days at the current Warwick Road hospice, said: “The work this hospice does is amazing and it is absolutely vital that this extra money is raised so they can provide an even better service for people like me and my wife.”
Nicola Bayliss’ mum was cared for as an in-patient at the existing hospice. Nicola added: “I’d urge everyone to give what they can to Marie Curie’s new hospice appeal. Everyone who needs end of life care should be cared for in the same dignified way my mum was.”
To help, go to mariecurie.org.uk/bigbuild