Ipswich: Delight for hospice as it secures funding to help improve day unit

Staff and users of St Elizabeth Hospice look at plans for the improved day unit.

Staff and users of St Elizabeth Hospice look at plans for the improved day unit. - Credit: PAGEPIX LTD

BOSSES at St Elizabeth Hospice are celebrating today after securing a bumper funding boost which will go towards improving their day unit.

The Foxhall Road-based charity has not yet released the exact details of the improvements that will be made, but a spokeswoman said the aim was to improve the environment for patients and families.

The hospice received £678,482 from the Department of Health funding, which was run in partnership with the Help the Hospices charity. It was one of 19 hospices in the eastern region to benefit.

Hospice chief executive, Jane Petit, said: We are pleased our grant application has been successful.

“The money will enable us to improve the environment for patients.

“The building work will be phased to minimise disruption and we hope it will start in the autumn.”

The hospice, which was awarded nearly £500,000 in funding for its inpatient unit three years ago, applied for the funding under the Capital Grant Scheme last year.

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St Nicholas Hospice Care, based in Bury St Edmunds, also benefited from the funding as it secured £326,488 to convert a centre in Haverhill into a community outreach centre.

St Elizabeth Hospice provides specialist support to people living with a progressive illness.

For information, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk