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Earl Mountbatten Hospice launches £1.5 million refurbishment plans

The plans were announced at the hospice's 35th anniversary celebrations. Des Murphy, the first consultant to work at the hospice, cut the cake

The plans were announced at the hospice's 35th anniversary celebrations. Des Murphy, the first consultant to work at the hospice, cut the cake

Martin Neville

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:03

EARL Mountbatten Hospice marked its 35th anniversary with the launch of a £1.5 million campaign to refurbish the last remaining, unused building on the site — Oak House.
Speaking at a reception on Friday to thank hospice supporters and key donors, chief executive Nigel Hartley said funding had already been secured to run several new services, but the hospice had run out of space to house them.
Among the new initiatives will be a 'last years of life care co-ordination centre', which will ensure anyone needing hospice care will be known about sooner so that appropriate care can be put in place much earlier.
There will also be flexible social and therapeutic space available for the growing day respite services already being funded and provided for children and young people by KissyPuppy, along with KissyPuppy’s children’s and families’ bereavement services. 
Facilities for education and training will be included and the refurbished building would also be a venue from which to offer workshops and information for Islanders about death and dying. 
The £1.5 million raised through the capital campaign would be in addition to the £7 million that is needed to continue running current services across the Island.
Hundreds of Islanders joined together on Friday to celebrate 35 years of Earl Mountbatten Hospice at special events to mark the official anniversary.
A birthday party was held in the John Cheverton Centre, attended by current and past staff and volunteers, as well as patients and members of the public. 
Mr Hartley said: “Celebration and gratitude are the words of the day; this is a remarkable institution, with remarkable staff and volunteers, with remarkable support from the community — what a combination and what potential to keep going into the future.” 
But he added: “Many more people in the future will need access to good quality care at the end of their life, and we are working towards reaching more people in a cost effective way. 
“This means we will be able to care for more people, and we need to change our care because people are dying over longer periods of time.” 

 


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