Funding windfall for local hospices

North Devon Hospice (pictured) and Children’s Hospice South West have both received government fundi

North Devon Hospice (pictured) and Children’s Hospice South West have both received government funding to improve care environments and settings. - Credit: Archant

Share of £60m government cash will help improve care environments and settings.

HOSPICES in North Devon have received a £176,000 share of a £60million government windfall to improve care environments and settings.

Fremington’s Children’s Hospice South West will be able to refurbish its therapy centre thanks to a £117,802 funding.

North Devon Hospice has been awarded £58,369 to improve access and landscaping at Deer Park in Barnstaple.

A total of 176 hospices will benefit from the Department of Health funding, which will be used to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, whilst also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.

Announcing the successful projects Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “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 and kindness.

“And patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”

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Stephen Roberts, chief executive of North Devon Hospice, said: “This grant will help us in several small projects relating to the building and grounds here at North Devon Hospice. It will improve the environment and accessibility for the many patients and families who use the hospice every single day.”

He added, “While we are grateful for this grant, it is worth noting that as a local charity we are utterly reliant on the amazing generosity of our local community.”

Many Robbins, director of care for Children’s Hospice South West, said: “Some of our facilities most treasured by families during this time, for example the multi-sensory and soft play rooms, have begun to look jaded and worn due to constant use over the last 18 years.

“This much welcomed grant from the Department of Health will provide us with the opportunity to refurbish and upgrade these areas so we can continue to provide children and families with the best of facilities to help make the most of short and precious lives.”

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