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Sue Ryder has launched a £6 million appeal to fund a new state-of-the-art hospice in the grounds of its existing Thorpe Hall building in Peterborough.
The appeal is officially launched by appeal patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, today (Tuesday).
Sue Ryder currently provides care to around 1,500 patients a year from the Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Norfolk areas.
However, the charity has been unable to make modifications to its existing Thorpe Hall hospice because it is a Grade 1 listed building.
Palliative Care Services Manager at Sue Ryder –Thorpe Hall Hospice Philip Ball said: "Thorpe Hall is a magnificent building but it is no longer fit for purpose. Currently, the 20 beds we provide are shared between 8 rooms over two floors.
Sharing a room and the resulting lack of privacy can have a negative impact on people and their families.
Also, in shared rooms if one person has an infection all the other beds in the room have to be closed.
The new hospice will complement the existing building and provide 20 single en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor with direct access to the gardens.
This will enable us to provide personalised care for more people, and offer the very best environment for people and their families during what can be an extremely difficult time.
The new hospice will also include a new community hospice service."
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester, commented:"As Patron of the Sue Ryder – Thorpe Hall Hospice Appeal, I am delighted to support this very important plea for a new state-of-the art hospice at Thorpe Hall.
I believe we have an obligation to make sure that patients, who are reaching the end of their lives, receive all the comfort and support that they may need.
In this new Hospice the dedicated team of doctors and nurses will be able to provide the very highest standard of end of life care in the very best environment."
Sue Ryder's Shopping list to help raise the £6million needed to build a new Thorpe Hall hospice in Peterborough: