PATIENTS and staff at Hartlepool & District Hospice are celebrating after it was awarded £510,000 to transform its facilities.
The hospice in Wells Avenue, which cares for people with terminal and life-shortening illnesses, is to receive £510,000 from central government.
It was one of 176 hospices in England chosen for a share of £60m Department of Health Funding to improve care environments.
The funding boost will be used to extend the hospice’s day services providing more space for crafts, games, reading, therapies and other social activities.
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Woodall said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant, which will help us to better support people from across Hartlepool and East Durham with life limiting terminal illness, as well as their friends and families.”
The hospice’s day service facilities are used by around 1,500 people a year. It provides a relaxing place for patients with complex care needs to have their symptoms monitored or talk to doctors and nurses.
It is also used one day a week for social activities.
The day hospice area will be extended to create new space for crafts, reading and friends and family.
Some of the cash will also be used to provide a double bedroom so spouses can stay over night with sick loved ones.
Rebecca Jobson, trust and legacy fundraiser at the hospice, added: “Everybody will benefit from this.”
Hospice bosses applied last November for the funding and the good news was announced yesterday.
The fund is run in partnership with the Department of Health and the charity Help the Hospices.
David Praill, Help the Hospices chief executive, said: “Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.
“This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided.” Announcing the successful bids Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “This extra funding will bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness.”
Hartlepool and District Hospice does not receive any government funding towards its ongoing running costs.
Around a fifth of the £2m it needs a year to survive comes from local health commissioners.
The vast majority of its funding is raised from public donations.