Sweet theme for hospice revamp

An artists impression of the revamped Brian House.

An artists impression of the revamped Brian House.

A major new phase of redevelopment is under way at Blackpool’s Brian House children’s hospice.

The kitchen is being completely updated and redesigned as part of the ongoing improvement work.

All the original kitchen units, which were well past their best, are being replaced, along with the addition of some features to make dining an exciting experience.

The kitchen will also be redecorated in the style of a traditional sweetshop.

Staff were keen to make the kitchen more suitable for children and young people and better adapted to the complex needs of the children.

The new dining table is on two levels to accommodate wheelchair users, so that everyone can sit down together – while a mini-kitchen with scaled-down units will allow the children to play and take part in baking.

Simon Hellawell, facilities manager, said: “We are really excited to see the ideas being finalised.

“The marshmallows in the kitchen is a lovely idea and I’m sure will be a big hit with the youngsters.

“The mini kitchen can be used as part of baking and I know the kids will love it.”

Each room will have a different theme too – a funfair, under the sea, pirates and a funky union jack. The idea is to have rooms that suit tots and teenagers, boys and girls.

Linzi Young, fund-raising manager, said: “People are working so hard to raise the money for our refurbishment and it’s important that we create something really wonderful that will be suitable for all our children for years to come.

“We love the marshmallows and can’t wait to see the kitchen completed.

“Brian House has always been a special place but we want to make it truly out of the ordinary and a real experience for the families who need us.”

The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign is aiming to raise £200,000 to pay for a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

The work includes creating single rooms on the inpatient unit as well as areas of privacy for patients and families.

At Brian House the children’s bedrooms will be made brighter and safer, and the kitchen will be remodelled to made it more accessible for older children.

So far we have raised more than £60,000, which will be put together with a grant of £250,000 from the Department of Health.

Youngsters’ good luck card for TV skating duo

TV’s Dancing On Ice heroes Dan Whiston and Hayley Tamaddon are still in the competition – and there’s a big good luck card made by the children of Brian House on its way to them ahead of this weekend’s show.

Both Dan and Hayley have visited Brian House recently to offer their support for Hospice Heroes.





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