03 Apr 2018
Patients at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow celebrated the news that the £21million capital appeal to build a brand new facility is now £500,000 away from hitting its target.
This is a milestone moment in the biggest capital appeal in the UK by an independent hospice.
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.
Arthur Crawford from East Renfrewshire is a day services patient after he was referred to the hospice by a community nurse, coming into the hospice to see a doctor or nurse when he needs to and use the art room.
Arthur says the new hospice at Bellahouston Park will make a massive difference to the care of patients and families.
“We’re very limited at Carlton Place with outdoor space, we tend to stay inside as all the activities are indoors. At Bellahouston I think we’ll be more encouraged to go outside if the weather is conducive,” he said.
“Before I came to the hospice for the first time I thought it was a hospital for people who are in their last stages of life.”
“I didn’t know there was another side to it, and that’s the side I’m involved in at the moment.
“I have been pleasantly surprised, I thoroughly enjoy the whole experience. I meet up with all the other patients, we have a chat about how it’s been from one week to another, and then we go and have our arts class or sometimes we have a reiki treatment. There’s usually some form of entertainment in the afternoon.
“It’s enjoyable and I look forward to it. I wouldn’t miss it.”
Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said the new fundraising total is incredibly exciting for everyone at the hospice.
“We are thrilled to be announce this. After six years of fundraising, we are getting closer to the target of the £21m we need to raise to fund our new home,” she said.
“Patients will move to the new hospice in September, where we will revolutionise patient care with adaptable private, social and family spaces specifically designed to boost wellbeing and create a sense of calm.”
The new facility set in a 7.5-acre site 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 hospice’s £21million Brick by Brick Appeal to build a new home in Bellahouston Park still has £750,000 to raise to reach its target. Make a donation to Kit it Out, the final phase of the Brick by Brick Appeal, online at www.ppwh.org.uk/donate or make a smaller donation of £5 by texting KitItOut to 70660.
Pictured: Margaret Farrell, Sue Cordery, Arthur Crawford, hospice staff nurse Adrienne McGrath, Martin Heaney and Cathy Martin.
Picture courtesy of Martin Shields