On Tuesday February 12 Bishop of Horsham, the Rt Revd Mark Sowerby, visited the site of our new St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
The Bishop was welcomed by our Chief Executive, Alison Moorey and Canon Martin Lane, who showed the Bishop around as exciting fixtures like the flint stone fireplace, patient room lighting and block paving for the central courtyard were being installed.
The Right Revd, Mark Sowerby said, “The new hospice facilities in Bosham are the remarkable outworking of an imaginative vision. It was a privilege to see everything being pulled together to create a home for the clinical staff, fundraisers, and palliative care teams who serve the needs of patients with terminal illnesses as well as their families.”
“I’m thrilled that the Bishop could come along today and see the work taking place to create our fantastic new hospice,” said Chief Executive Alison Moorey. “He was really interested to see how much more support we’ll be able to offer and I think he was surprised to discover we need to raise more than £7.5 million each year to provide our vital services free of charge to the local community.”
Canon Martin Lane said, "I think that the new hospice will be a great blessing to the Bosham community and not only to those in the wider community who are most in need of its services. These new facilities are simply fantastic and will ensure that the hospice continues to provide wonderful care for future generations to come.”
The Rt Revd Andrew Watson was shown all areas of the new hospice including the café (to be open to the general public) and the Living Well Centre, where day patients can access physiotherapy, counselling and complementary therapies.
We open our new state-of-the-art 18 bedroom hospice, with en-suite bathrooms and family rooms, in late Spring. Every year we care for nearly 1,000 patients and their families both on their wards and in patients own homes, where over two thirds of our care is delivered.
Our DREAMBUILDING appeal still has £900,000 left to raise before 31st March 2019. We have recently launched a 'Furnishings Appeal' asking our local community to help us raise the funds needed to purchase specialist equipment for use by our patients. You can read more here.