The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal has been boosted thanks to a staggering £25,000 award by the Albert Hunt Trust.
The London-based trust offers cash awards to support charitable organisations carrying out projects that improve physical and mental welfare.
Representatives paid a visit to Trinity Hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, shortly after we launched our £200,000 Hospice Heroes appeal to help pay for a much- needed refurbishment at the hospice.
Bosses at Trinity said they were expecting up to £5,000 from the trust, only to be left delighted to hear the appeal is set to receive £25,000.
Legacy and grants fund-raiser Heather Jones said: “This is wonderful news and is a significant encouragement towards our refurbishment project.
“It shows that a national funder has recognised the huge impact that this project will have in creating a therapeutic environment to benefit local people and their families.
“This is a testament to the strength and quality of our plans, as we seek to encourage others to now pledge their support.”
The money raised through Hospice Heroes will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s history.
Already, two new single rooms have been built and put into use, as well as a redesign of the main corridor, hairdressers and nurses’ station.
At Brian House children’s hospice, on the same site, the lounge area now boasts a huge under-the-sea mural, a brand new kitchen and creative therapy room.
Work is being carried out by Blackpool-based RP Tyson Construction to make the children’s bedrooms brighter and safer, and complete the works on Trinity’s inpatient unit.
Our total for the Hospice Heroes appeal now stands at £125,000.