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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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£402,000 for Hospice at Home’s planned West Cumbria centre

Hospice at Home West Cumbria has been offered £402,000 to help create a new centre in Workington.

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HOPING FOR NEW CENTRE: From left: Hospice at Home West Cumbria chief executive Linda Hewitt, chairman Terry Collins and vice-chairman Richard Stout outside Workington’s former Derwent Bookshop

The charity, which offers support and care for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families, wants to set up a £700,000 centre in the former Derwent Bookshop, on Finkle Street.

The Department of Health revealed this week that it had offered to give £402,595 towards the project as part of a national grants scheme for hospices.

Hospice at Home West Cumbria must raise the rest of the money.

The hospice will continue to offer palliative care in people’s homes, but the new centre would provide specialist clinical support and a permanent space for therapy and work with individuals and families to help them cope after diagnosis and bereavement.

Terry Collins, hospice chairman, said: “We have just celebrated our first 25 years as a community-based charity in West Cumbria. Establishing this new centre would be a tremendous start to the next 25 years.”

Linda Hewitt, chief executive officer, said: “The grant from the Department of Health is a fabulous start for the centre.

“Our trustees and I have already started work on how we are going to raise the rest of the money.”

Founded in 1987, 35 per cent of the charity’s costs are paid for by the NHS.

l Eden House Children’s Hospice, in Carlisle, which is the county’s only children’s hospice, has been given £275,002 from the Government for its building to be improved.

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