In April we announced that we had raised £9.1 million towards the £10 million appeal target. The fundraising team are working hard on raising the last £900k and have a number of summer events and activities planned.
The building of the new hospice, the nook, is also progressing well. The roof tiling has now been completed, the cedar cladding has been added to the family suite and all external scaffolding has been dismantled. You can also see that the paths and paving are being laid. Finally, the internal fittings are being completed, which includes the bathroom tiling, flooring, cupboards, commercial kitchen and staff room. Thanks to Mike Page for this latest aerial shot of the site.
For a while we have been looking at what equipment or furniture can come with us from Quidenham to the nook, and what theming and extra equipment we will need for the new hospice. All going well, we will be getting the keys in the summer. Before we begin delivering our service from the nook in September, we will need to take time to complete fitting out the building, securing registration by the Care Quality Commission, test everything is working properly and train staff in everything from working the oxygen to how to use the hydrotherapy pool. Plans are also being put together for families to come and see the nook during this time.