Hospice staff express delight

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HOSPICE staff have expressed their delight after work started on a new specialist wellbeing centre at the town facility.

As reported in the Mail last week, Gus Robinson Developments will build Hartlepool & District Hospice’s new Holistic Wellbeing Centre over the next few months with a view to it opening in spring next year.

Ray Priestman, chair of trustees at the Wells Avenue-based hospice said he is pleased a local firm is carrying out the work.

Mr Priestman said: “The board of trustees are delighted that plans we have been working on for some time are finally coming to life.

“We are also delighted to be able to award the building contract to Gus Robinson Developments, a local firm. In doing so we are able to support the local community which supports us so generously each and every year.”

Hospice staff say the building will be modern with an open layout which will be linked to the existing hospice building.

The centre will support the work of the hospice but will also provide opportunities for the local community to access social activities to prevent isolation and loneliness. General support care will also be available to those who need it. The centre will accommodate the community bereavement and counselling facility away from the main building which will allow the hospice to impove inpatient rooms and start work on a new family room.

Sandra Britten, hospice deputy chief executive, added: “The support we receive from the local businesses and communities of Hartlepool and east Durham is what enables us to continue caring.”