North Devon Hospice opens The Long House in Holsworthy

The Long House was opened by: (front row L-R) Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospic

The Long House was opened by: (front row L-R) Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, Anne Reading, a current hospice patient, and John Allen, Mayor of Holsworthy. They were accompanied by (back row L-R) Angela Webb, the outgoing Chair of North Devon Hospice, Jane Wells, from Holsworthy Medical Centre, Hugh Inman from The Bradbury Foundation who were major donors to the project, Kevin Underwood, the current Chair of North Devon Hospice, and Lady Arran, Patron of the hospice. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

New facility will mean Holsworthy patients with cancer do not have to make two-hour round trip to Barnstaple to visit North Devon Hospice.

The Long House was opened by: (front row L-R) Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospic

The Long House was opened by: (front row L-R) Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, Anne Reading, a current hospice patient, and John Allen, Mayor of Holsworthy. They were accompanied by (back row L-R) Angela Webb, the outgoing Chair of North Devon Hospice, Jane Wells, from Holsworthy Medical Centre, Hugh Inman from The Bradbury Foundation who were major donors to the project, Kevin Underwood, the current Chair of North Devon Hospice, and Lady Arran, Patron of the hospice. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

North Devon Hospice’s brand new building has opened in Holsworthy after nearly two years of planning.

The Long House, next to Holsworthy Medical Centre, will offer care and support to people in the surrounding area, without the need for a two-hour round trip to the main hospice site in Barnstaple.

Stephen Roberts, chief executive of North Devon Hospice, said at the opening on Thursday, it was the biggest development for the charity in 10 years.

He said: “This is a proud moment for everyone connected with North Devon Hospice.


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“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported The Long House appeal in any way.

“From the local community who helped raise funds and the companies responsible for the building, to our healthcare colleagues and hospice staff who put so much of themselves into creating this beautiful space.

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“We are grateful to you all, because it means we can plug a gap in end of life care for people in the vast surrounding area.”

The Long House will act as a base for the hospice’s community nurses in the Holsworthy area and visit patients in their own homes.

It will also allow the hospice’s Consultant in palliative medicine, Dr Murray Fletcher, to hold out-patient appointments locally.

The Long House will also be a place which offers emotional support to those affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Mandy Redgrove, head of supportive care at North Devon Hospice, said the extra care on offer would make a real difference to local people.

She said: “We have tried to create a space that is calming, tranquil and uplifting; a sanctuary for people going through the toughest of times.

“We are all so proud of what has been achieved here, but this is just the start and we will now listen to the local community to see what they need from us.”

Visit the Long House at one of its open days on September 12 and 19, by dropping in between 10am and 4pm.

For more information visit www.northdevonhospice.org.uk.

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