Hospice hope for government funding

w1505a014 Hospice gets �500,000 grant for new extention. Karen Crawshaw, director of patient services.
w1505a014 Hospice gets �500,000 grant for new extention. Karen Crawshaw, director of patient services.
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WAKEFIELD Hospice is counting on government backing to improve its day centre.

The Aberford Road hospice is in the process of applying for a grant from the Department of Health so it can refurbish its building.

And it is counting on the capital project money to upgrade and extend the day therapy unit, which caters for thousands of terminally ill patients each year.

But families, nurses and volunteers will have to wait until next year before they find out if they have been successful.

Director of patient services Karen Crawshaw said: “We are applying for a grant, which has to be in by November and we will find out if we are successful in March.

“We are dependant on winning the grant for the work to be carried out.

“We would like to refurbish our day unit but have not got the money.

“We have been successful in the past at applying for this sort of grant and hope to be successful again.

“It will mean we can have a large scale refurbishment, with structural changes to the inside and hopefully extensions.”

The Council Of Wakefield Hospice is currently seeking planning permission to build two single-storey extensions to the south wing to provide washroom facilities for visitors and a relaxation room.

Building work could also include a glazed canopy between the existing sun rooms.

The charity needs to have planning permission in place before applying for the grant, but Mrs Crawshaw said if it is refused they would still go ahead and ask for the money to carry out the rest of the refurbishment work.

She added that they did not know how much money they would need until all the plans were put together.

But the government has made £60m available nationally for hospice day therapy projects.

The existing hospice was built in 1988 and has been extended twice before in 1998 and 2008.