Land cleared for new children's hospice

WORK to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich has started with trees and shrubbery being cleared from the site.The area bordering Felixstowe Road, Bixley Road, and St Augustines Gardens, in Ipswich, has been cleared in preparation for the work which will result in a brand new building for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

IPSWICH: Work to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich has started with trees and shrubbery being cleared from the site.

The area bordering Felixstowe Road, Bixley Road, and St Augustines Gardens, in Ipswich, has been cleared in preparation for the work which will result in a brand new building for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

The new building is expected to be placed at the centre of a four acre slot of land and will help the charity to assist the needs of more children in the region.

Melanie Chew, EACH director of fundraising, said: “We're very excited about the site for the new children's hospice.

“Since we gained planning permission for the new hospice, we have been bust preparing a fundraising appeal which will be launched next month to help us make this project a reality.

“In the meantime, we are now preparing the site during the winter months so that we don't disturb any wildlife during the nesting season. Our aim is to provide a tranquil haven in a woodland setting by retaining trees and removing the dead and dangerous ones.”

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Workmen have been on site sawing down trees and removing them to clear the way for the builders to move in.

Ms Chew added that the building would be single story and positioned within the centre of the site - screened by the existing tree cover around the perimeter.

She said: “The building itself will be a very small footprint on a four acre site and of course eradicates the chance of any other types of building for the site.”

EACH provides care and support for life-threatened children and their families in their own homes, as well as at the charity's hospices based at Ipswich, which also serves North Essex, Quidenham in Norfolk and Milton in Cambridgeshire.

The charity relies upon public support for the majority of its required income, which currently stands at about �5.8m.