The keys to the building were officially handed over to St Wilfrid’s by the contractor Kier Construction on Monday April 15, ahead of services moving across in July.
Alison Moorey, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted the end of the building part of the project is now in sight. As well as thanking our supporters and donors, I would also like thank our main contractor Kier and the other contractors for the quality of their workmanship and dedication to getting this ambitious project finished”.
Simon Clayton, Site Manager for Kier Construction, said: “I am thrilled to be able to hand over the keys to the new Hospice which will help shape end of life care for people in West Sussex for many decades to come. We are proud to have worked on such an important and complex development for the local community.”
The new hospice has been designed to be warm and welcoming. It will have 18 patient rooms, each with smart bed technology for optimum comfort and safety, private family areas and chapel for personal reflection and a Living Well Centre which offers therapeutic and social activities to boost wellbeing and enable visitors to live independently for longer. There will also be a publicly available volunteer-run café to enjoy.
Alison added, “Your new Hospice will have a feeling of being a home from home for patients, families and visitors alike. Whilst the building work is coming to an end, our work supporting the community with end of life care never does. We rely on the support of the community for our work to continue each and every year. Please consider a regular donation to St Wilfrid’s to help ensure our care is there for people when they need it most for many more years to come.”
St Wilfrid’s relies on public donations, wills and grants to meet 84% of its annual running costs. Supporters and members of the public will soon be invited to tour the £16.2 million state of the art Hospice that their support helped to build this August and September.
For more information about how to support the essential work of the Hospice please visit stwh.co.uk to register for the St Wilfrid’s Newsletter, or contact the fundraising team on 01243 755827.