A multi-million pound appeal to build a new hospice has reached its first major milestone by banking a quarter of the money needed.
Sue Ryder has received £1.5m towards the cost of rebuilding Thorpe Hall in Peterborough just seven months after launching its £6m appeal.
The overwhelming support from the public has kept the plans firmly on track for completing the project in March 2015.
Palliative care services manager, Philip Ball, said: “To have raised £1.5m and hit our first milestone in such a short space of time is incredible.
“It is testament both to the dedication of our team at Thorpe Hall but, most importantly, to the efforts of all those people across the region who have supported us by donating money, organising or attending events, donating goods to our new appeal shops or shopping in them, sponsoring the efforts of friends and families or donating money in memory of loved ones.”
The fundraising total stands at £1,509,376 which is enough to put the building foundations in place, so the charity has started its search for a construction company to build the 20-bed hospice.
The private rooms will have en-suite facilities and individual garden access. There will also be better relaxation areas for patients and their families.
Mr Ball said: “The new Thorpe Hall will be a blue print for hospices for generations to come. No one is in any doubt about the standard of end of life care we offer but our doctors and nurses have to work around our building. Our new building will work around us. And that new building is most definitely one big step closer.”
Thorpe Hall has provided free, specialist hospice care for more than 20 years to patients from across the area. It cares for about 500 people in the inpatient unit each year but helps hundreds more through its support services.
To back the appeal visit www.thorpehall.org