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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Grant gives Ulverston hospice green light to expand

ALMOST half-a-million pounds has been awarded to fund a new building and improve care at St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

The hospice plans to use the £465,000 for a new two-storey building within its current grounds.

The grant comes as part of the government’s decision to invest £10.5m in hospices across the North West.

Another hospice serving the Millom area has also won a grant, with Hospice at Home West Cumbria receiving £402,000.

St Mary’s Hospice chief executive, Val Stangoe said the money would provide a real boost and help drive the hospice forward.

She said: “It’s exciting news. This will support the direction we need to be evolving in.”

The hospice put in a detailed bid for the money in November and received around two-thirds of the amount requested.

It has a year to put it to good use, meaning work on the new building could start by the beginning of the summer.

Ms Stangoe said: “The building will have two floors, with day care on the bottom and education on the top.

“There are things we just don’t have the space to do at the moment. It would be lovely to have purpose-built rooms but we could not do this in the space we have.”

Cumbria’s only children’s hospice, Eden House in Carlisle, is also in line to receive £275,000 to modernise its facilities. Chief executive Janet Ferguson said: “We are delighted to have received the funding to allow the facilities to be improved.

“This project will ensure that we can maintain our ethos of delivering the highest standards of care and support to Cumbria’s children when they need it most.”

The investment is part of a government project to improve care environments around the country.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: “Hospices help patients and their families at what can be the most difficult part of their life.

“This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion.”

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