Here it is!
The work you have paid for is already making a massive difference to patients at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
This week we announced we had smashed our £200,000 Hospice Heroes appeal, which has helped pay for the biggest revamp in the hospice’s 30-year history.
The money raised through the appeal has been put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the work at the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
And our appeal hitting its target could not have come at a better time, as yesterday the facility on Low Moor Road, Bispham, opened its doors to VIPs, supporters and the general public to show off what your fund-raising efforts have done.
In October, when we launched the Hospice Heroes campaign, Trinity and Brian House were looking tired and dated.
The decor was dark and plain, and had no distinguishing features to help patients – especially those with dementia – navigate their way around.
Family areas appeared clinical, and the windows, which were three decades old, were warped and in urgent need of replacement.
Now the facility boasts a bright new look and homely furniture to make patients and their families as comfortable as possible.
All family areas have been made to feel truly inviting, and there are new areas of privacy for those who need it.
And the hospice has a number of new single rooms with en-suite facilities for patients who prefer more private surroundings, but has retained some double and four-bed rooms for those who want to be around other patients.
But perhaps the most notable difference are the colour co-ordinated corridors and nurses station, and numerous images, including two murals, of the sights of the Fylde coast.
Some of the images have been taken by residents and submitted as part of a photo competition run in partnership with The Gazette. At Brian House the bedrooms have been modernised, each representing a different theme for the children and young people who stay overnight.
It has a bright and colourful kitchen, a huge under-the-sea mural and larger living area for children who need to stay in their beds. The children’s hospice also has a new creative therapy room with touch screen computers.
Fund-raising manager Linzi Young said: “The Hospice looks amazing and we are getting a lot of positive comments from patients and their families.
“People love the new colours and have commented on how restful the Inpatient Unit feels, even though it is actually more colourful than it was before. We tried very hard to create an environment that was not like a hospital at all, and which gave added privacy and dignity.
The murals depicting local landmarks have been a real hit – they really underline the fact that Trinity and Brian House serve the entire Fylde Coast community and also illustrate what a very lovely place it is.”
It took you just nine months to reach the phenomenal target by holding many events including tea parties, sponsored sports events and community fund-raisers, as well as taking part in last year’s Santa Dash and buying tickets to see Rod Stewart, which raised £25,000 alone.
Linzi said the campaign was the spring board for well supported events which will be added to the Trinity calendar as future fund-raisers.
She added: “The appeal has been a fantastic opportunity for us to meet many supporters, and it has brought some new donors on board, which has been a bonus.
“Hospice Heroes also allowed us to stage some new events such as our Reindeer Run and Trinity tea parties which will now join our annual calendar of fund-raising, helping to secure long-term financial stability for the hospice.”