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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Work under way on project to take Ulverston hospice care into new era

MAJOR work to improve the facilities at an Ulverston hospice has begun.

St Mary’s Hospice was given almost £500,000 by the government to help boost the number of people who can be cared for on the site.

The first phase of the project is to increase the number of parking spaces, which will help to reduce parking problems along Ford Park Crescent, before building a two-storey extension later in the year.

Work on the car park began earlier this month, which will create room for a further 12 cars in addition to the existing 25 spaces.

Chief executive of the Ulverston hospice, Val Stangoe said the improvements would benefit patients and their relatives as well as the residents of Ford Park Crescent.

She said: “Our neighbours have put up with the parking situation and we are really grateful to them.”

She welcomed the opportunity to make the improvements to the site.

Ms Stangoe added: “It is going fantastically – it will be nice to be able to park there.

“There is still the two-storey building to do. The tender for that is being prepared and hopefully will be going out towards the end of the summer.”

The progress means work on the extension could begin in the autumn, which will give the hospice additional space for its day care and educational facilities.

The hospice was given 12 months to spend the grant on this project, which it outlined in the application process.

The development, within the grounds of the hospice, is part of its vision to keep improving the quality of care available to patients in South Cumbria.

The funding, announced in April, was part of the government’s £60m investment in hospices around the UK.

More than £10m was split between 31 hospices in the North West, including Hospice at Home West Cumbria, which got £402,000, and Eden House, which received £275,000.

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