Little Emily Hambleton is one of the first children to stay in the new-look bedrooms at Brian House children’s hospice.
The bedrooms have been upgraded as part of the biggest ever refurbishment at Brian House and Trinity Hospice, which The Gazette is helping to pay for with its £200,000 Hospice Heroes appeal. The rooms were officially opened this week, and boast brand new beds, wash facilities and bright new themes, including under the sea, at the circus and a teenage Union Flag setting. Becky Ryan, mother of one-year-old Emily, said: “It’s so exciting the Emily’s going to be the first in the rooms.
“It’s fantastic what they’ve done here – it looks so fresh and so modern.
“I always thought it was lovely here but after seeing what they’ve do I realise, looking back, that it did need updating.”
Emily, who turns two next month, attends Brian House one day every week and stays over twice a month.
When she was born she suffered a lack of oxygen which has resulted in brain damage. From that, she has been left with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and chronic lung disease.
She has global development delay and has to be fed by a gastrostomy tube.
Becky, 26, of Blackpool, said: “If it wasn’t for Brian House, there wouldn’t be anywhere for Emily to go that meets her needs.
“By sending her here it gives me a few hours to tidy around the house and get the food shopping done.
“Since the work has been done here Emily seems a lot more settled. She’s really happy to come here.”
Long-time Brian House supporter Dan Whiston paid a visit to the facility on Low Moor Road, Bispham, to see the new-look bedrooms.
He said: “They look brilliant – so different.
“I can’t believe this work has been carried out so quickly, and it’s been done while the hospice has stayed open.”
The proceeds of a cycle from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower in Paris by comedian Phil Walker is helping to fund the work at Brian House.
The trek is taking place in August, and the money will pay for the work retrospectively.
Our Hospice Heroes appeal is on track to raise £200,000 for the work at Trinity, which is set to be complete next month.
It is being put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s 29-year history.