Blackpool actresses Hayley Tamaddon has described the plans for a new-look Brian House Children’s Hospice as “absolutely amazing”.
Fresh from filming her first week on Coronation Street, Hayley popped into the children’s hospice in Bispham to have a chat with staff over plans for a massive £500,000 refurbishment, which is being carried out with help from The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.
We are aiming to raise £200,000, which will be put towards Trinity Hospice and Brian House’s grant of £280,000 from the government.
The money will be used to radically change the hospice, making it fit for the future.
The work involves creating four new single rooms with en-suite facilities at Trinity, as well as replacing warped windows. Brian House will be made brighter, safer and more appropriate for the changing needs of visiting children.
The appeal has already seen Fylde folk take part in a number of events to raise cash.
Hayley, who is from Bispham and is a long-time supporter of Brian House, said: “This is a total refurbishment which means a lot of work and a lot of money, but the outcome will be something that no-one else has got in the vicinity.
“Brian House is an amazing place, but when you have hyperactive children because of the medicines they are on you can’t have things like wires hanging down from the TV and cupboards that they can get themselves into.
“Sorting the wires sounds like a simple job but they all need to fed through the walls, like you would in your own home. You can’t have wires hanging down, it’s really dangerous for young children.
“That costs money.”
Hayley was also excited to hear about how Brian House was going to have a new kitchen fitted, giving older children more independence and younger children ways to learn how to cook.
“It’s a great idea of making sure no-one is left out,” she said.
“The colours that they are looking at in the designs are all bright so the kids will love it.
“It’s important that we can raise the money to get this work done for Brian House.”
Hayley said she had some ideas to get the money rolling in.
She added: “I’m looking at doing something with Dan [Whiston - Hayley’s Dancing on Ice partner and friend] and I will do what I can for The Gazette’s appeal.”