Building work on the new state-of-the-art hospice at Thorpe Hall will start in September ready to welcome patients next summer.
An appeal to raise £6m to build the new hospice in Longthorpe, near Peterborough, was launched in April 2013 and there is already more than a third of the money in the bank.
The green light has now been given to start building the new in-patient unit and a contractor has been identified.
With a 37-week build schedule, the 20-bed Sue Ryder hospice adjacent to the current mansion house will be ready to welcome its first patients next summer.
Sue Ryder chief executive Heidi Travis said: “We have known for a long time that Thorpe Hall as it stands is not the best environment to deliver the incredible care we are renowned for.
“As an organisation we have been committed to providing a modern, purpose-built hospice at Thorpe Hall for a number of years.
“To know we have got to the point where we have everything in place and so can give the builders the green light to start building is wonderful – and testament to everyone’s commitment to the project.”
But fundraising must continue. The appeal totaliser is currently at £2.15m.
Heidi said: “The support we have had from the local community, businesses, groups and organisations has been amazing. But there’s still more than half the money to raise so we need more help in the coming months.”
The new hospice will be built in the former orchard in front of the west wing. The surrounding wall has already been restored and the west wing itself transformed to house the day centre, staff areas and the reception area for the in-patient unit. The ground has been cleared for the single storey building which includes outside areas accessible directly from every patient’s room.
For information about the £6 million appeal visit www.thorpehall.org.