The first phase of work to make Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice fit for the future has been completed.
And it’s thanks to the generosity of Gazette readers, who have been holding charity events over the last five months to support our Hospice Heroes appeal, which is helping to pay for the work.
In October, we launched a massive campaign to raise £200,000 to help pay for the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s 28-year history.
And just as we announced we’d hit the halfway point – having raised £100,000 – bosses at Trinity, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, unveiled the first phase of the work.
It includes two new single rooms, created from an old multi-occupancy room, which include better en-suite facilities.
A stretch of the corridor has been transformed from a dark and simple route to a colour co-ordinated path to help people find their way around, which boasts artwork featuring local scenery.
Trinity also has a new nurses’ station, modern family room and hairdressers, and a bright new seating area.
But it’s at Brian House where the breath is truly taken away.
Visitors are now greeted in the lounge area with a bright undersea scene, an exciting kitchen area, which is suitable for children of all ages, and a new creative therapy room, which boasts touchscreen computers.
The therapy room replaces the old conservatory which, being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, was rendered unusable.
The whole hospice exudes a home-from-home feel, with warming colours and brand new furniture.
Facilities manager Simon Hellawell said: “I have been on site every week during the works, and several times last week, regarding finishing touches, but I was still not prepared for the feeling I got when I saw the result of the many months of planning and the last few months of work.
“It was overwhelming and very emotional, and I feel extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to project manage this massive regeneration at Trinity. What has been achieved is something that will benefit thousands of people over years to come, and that’s very humbling.”
But there is no rest for staff at Trinity.
As soon as patients were moved into the new part of the hospice, Blackpool-based RP Tyson Construction began work on phase two, which includes the bedrooms at Brian House.