Plans approved for new Holsworthy hospice

10:00 02 August 2014

Stephen Roberts and Annie Hogg are pictured on the site of the new hospice building, next-door to Holsworthy Medical Centre.

Stephen Roberts and Annie Hogg are pictured on the site of the new hospice building, next-door to Holsworthy Medical Centre.

Archant

Attention turns to fundraising as plans for new local service get the green light from council.

PLANS for a new North Devon Hospice building in Holsworthy have been approved by Torridge District Council.

The charity now needs to raise £75,000 to build the centre, which will provide extra support to families, closer to home.

If successful, the Long House will be situated next to Holsworthy Medical Centre, offering a range of care services for cancer patients, including one-to-one counselling, support groups, complementary therapies and outpatient clinics.

Stephen Roberts, chief executive, said planning approval was ‘a huge step forward’.

“Now that we’ve had it confirmed, we are keen to press on with the project because it really will make a big difference to the people of Holsworthy and the surrounding area,” he said.

“We’ve been caring in this area for over 20 years, but because the journey to our main hospice base in Barnstaple is a two-hour round trip, this was often a big issue for patients and families.

“In particular, counselling, complementary therapies and support groups have been hard to access. Now, our care will be provided closer to home, which will have a big impact.”

Annie Hogg, who has been the face of the hospice in the Holsworthy area for the last 20 years, said she was also thrilled by the latest news.

“This is a big step in the right direction and it all seems very real now. Having cared for people in this area for such a long time, I know what a difference The Long House will make.”

Mr Roberts urged the community to get behind the fundraising efforts to help get the project off the ground.

“At the moment the plans are still just on paper, because we need the local community to support The Long House Appeal if we are going to make this dream a reality,” he said.

“We need to raise £75,000 to complete the fundraising for this building, so we’re asking the people of Holsworthy and the surrounding communities to make a donation or support us in any way they can.”

To support The Long House Appeal, make a donation at the hospice charity shops on The Square in Holsworthy, call 01271 347232 or visit www.northdevonhospice.org.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

10:47
North Devon could be facing snow blizzards this weekend. Picture: Guy Harrop.

Met Office warns of possible disruption and difficult driving conditions with potential of heavy snow on Sunday.

Read more

Fire crews were needed to free three people from a broken lift in Barnstaple yesterday (Wednesday).

Read more
08:14
Gearing up for the Big Brew are Bev Blight, James Bayliss and Gemma Steele.

Help the Chemotherapy Appeal and your local hospital departments by hoisting a mug or two.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:25
The tidal swimming pool in Westward Ho! has been closed since the tidal storms in February 2014.

Torridge awarded government cash to tackle legacy of winter storm damage.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition

North Devon's trusted business finder