Sparkling new facilities unveiled at Trinity Hospice are paving the way for the rest of the unit’s half-a-million pound development.
Generous fund-raisers were invited to the opening of the Day Therapy Unit (DTU) yesterday, having chance to see where their hard-earned cash has gone and how they have touched people’s lives.
Some £150,000 has been invested in the unit, including on a new gym for physiotherapy, a new kitchen and better bathrooms.
Staff from Beaverbrooks jewellers went to the hospice to see how the £60,500 they raised has helped to upgrade treatment rooms and buy new furniture for the unit which is used by hundreds of people living with terminal illness across the Fylde coast.
And it was a chance for Paul Scott to pay thanks to the nurses and volunteers who cared for his mum.
Mr Scott, from Blackpool, gave a generous £7,500 towards DTU and Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, in his mother’s memory.
Fund-raising manager Linzi Young said: “With new furniture and colour schemes, it looks great and is an illustration of how the refurbishment of the inpatient unit and Brian House will make such a difference.”
The remainder of the hospice is to be revamped in coming months with the help of The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.
The campaign is aiming to raise £200,000, to be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department for Health to redevelop facilities.
Staff at the hospice have said seeing the end product in the DTU has made the prospect of redevelopment from Hospice Heroes even more exciting.
The revamp will see all rooms converted to be single occupancy in the adult unit and the children’s hospice be made brighter and safer.
Ms Young added: “Beaverbrooks and the Scott family have been a huge part of the DTU refurbishment and it was lovely to welcome them to Trinity to see the end result.
“Their donations have made such a difference to so many patients and families.
“It seemed appropriate that when they were visiting there was a bit of a party going on – they have certainly given us reason to celebrate.”
Continuing their work for the hospice the visit was also an opportunity for Beaverbrooks staff to hand over a further £90,585, raised from the proceeds of the 2013 Fun Run.