Hope for new cancer care centre
A new Hospiscare centre for mid Devon is being planned with a plea to the public to 'please get involved.'
Hospiscare, which supports patients living with terminal illness throughout Exeter, mid and East Devon is negotiating to buy Pine Lodge, a former residential home in Tiverton, from the Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
Once the sale is confirmed, the building will be converted into a bright, multi-function centre, offering a range of support to patients and their families from day care, clinics and complementary therapies to carer and bereavement groups. The charity’s mid- Devon community nurses will be based at the new Day Hospice and it will also provide office and meeting space for fundraisers and supporters.
Glynis Atherton, Hospiscare’s chief executive stressed that the purchase of the property, using a £463,000 Department of Health grant, was not yet finalised. But she was hopeful the deal could be completed soon and the plans marked a key and much-awaited step forward to improve the support to families living with terminal illness in the mid Devon area.
Peter Buechel from Crediton's raising money for them, having lost his wife to cancer. He tells Heart the importance of a new centre for him and his family. LISTEN HERE