An appeal to raise £6m to build a new hospice has reached a major milestone - the halfway mark.
The actual amount of cash raised by the appeal now stands at £3,013,398.
The news comes eight weeks after building work started on the new, state-of-the-art inpatient unit at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe, Peterborough.
The team at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice has been working with businesses, individuals and community groups from across the region to raise the £6m needed to fund the building of the one-storey, 20 bed inpatient unit since March 2013.
Backing from high profile supporters such as comedian and presenter Stephen Fry, cash injections from major trusts, help from local businesses including Hegarty LLP Solicitors and a number of schools in the region has helped bank more than £3m.
The cash is being spent as it is raised – the West Wing of Thorpe Hall has already been refurbished, the reception area for the new inpatient unit has been created and new family areas are available for use. The footprint of the new building is now in evidence and the foundations will be laid within the next few weeks.
To keep the building work on track for completion next summer, fundraising now has to be ramped up.
Jane Petit is Thorpe Hall Hospice’s director. She said: “We are delighted to have reached this very important milestone in our fundraising which is testament to the incredible support we have received from so many people across the region. But we still need more support to see the vision we have for the new Thorpe Hall become a reality.”
The new specially designed inpatient unit is being built adjacent to the current 17th century Thorpe Hall. It will boast 20 individual, en suite rooms, all with individual garden access.
There will also be a sanctuary and lounge areas for patients and their families.
Jane added: “No one is in any doubt about the standard of end of life care we offer at Thorpe Hall but our team has to work around our building. Our new building will work around us, enabling us to deliver incredible care and support to our patients and their families while also giving us the scope in the future to take Thorpe Hall’s care out into the community.”