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‘Stay away’ – Warning to yobs tampering with machinery at Hartlepool hospice building site

Francis McAllister (director of fundraising Hartlepool and District Hospice) (left) with David Burnham (director Acorn Landscapes) at the Wellbeing Centre building site

Francis McAllister (director of fundraising Hartlepool and District Hospice) (left) with David Burnham (director Acorn Landscapes) at the Wellbeing Centre building site

HOSPICE staff have warned yobs to stay off a site where a new state-of-the-art wellbeing centre is being built.

Work on the new £550,000 Holistic Wellbeing Centre, next to the Wells Avenue base, started three weeks ago.

But hospice workers and building contractors are already aware of two incidents where people have tried to get on to the site and tamper with machinery.

The facility’s bosses are warning those who have attempted to get on to the building site to stay away for their own safety.

But chief executive Tracy Woodall also pleaded with yobs to stop attempting to access the area as it could increase costs and delay the work schedule.

Mrs Woodall said: “Our staff have enough to worry about looking after patients without worrying about people trying to get on to the site.

“The last thing we want is for our costs to rise or work on the building to be affected in the long term. But those who are trying to get in to the building site are also putting themselves at risk.

“I just find it really sad that someone would target a charity which works to improve the lives of so many terminally ill people in the community. One day it might be their parents or grandparents who we are caring for.”

The work on the wellbeing centre is being carried out by Gus Robinson Developments and hospice staff are hoping to have the new building open by March next year. The centre will provide a range of care and complimentary therapies.

Mrs Woodall was pleased to confirm that she doesn’t think either incident has delayed the work schedule.

 

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