Plans have been unveiled for a new children’s hospice in Norfolk to improve the way EACH are able to provide care and support to the county’s life-threatened children, young people and their families.
The proposed site is in the village of Framingham Earl and hundreds of residents came along to Poringland Community Centre on Monday 6 January to view plans and ask questions at a presentation day. It was brilliant to see so many people attend the day and to see their interest and support for the new hospice.
EACH’s current hospice in Norfolk is located in Quidenham and restrictions mean that we no longer have the scope to expand. The new site in Framingham Earl will also be much more central for families, meaning they won’t need to travel far distances to the south of the county to access care – often when time is vital. A new hospice would meet the increasing demands for our services and allow an even higher quality of care to be delivered.
Benefits of the new hospice would include:
Improved accessibility across the whole building. Quidenham is a two-storey building, but the new care area would be on one level enabling nurses to deliver care more easily and safely A hydrotherapy pool – we are able to offer this highly beneficial therapy at our Milton and Ipswich hospices but there is not enough space for a pool at Quidenham Dedicated facilities for play and music therapy Appropriate areas for older and young people Better family accomodation Dedicated bathrooms for all bedrooms Larger areas to deliver a variety of on-site family support groups
We aim to apply for planning permission towards the end of January 2014 and if obtained, a fundraising appeal would be planned for Autumn 2014. The build will only commence following a successful period of fundraising.
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