Willow Burn announces new build to support Palliative Care

Willow Burn Hospice, in partnership with Helen McArdle are delighted to announce plans to shortly commence building works on a new state-of-the-art, six bedded In-Patient Unit on its existing site in Lanchester.  Helen is supporting the construction of this new facility with a generous

donation of £1.5 million.  The building work is planned to get underway over the coming weeks with aims of having it completed towards the end of 2018.  This new build project marks the start of an exciting journey for the Hospice as it plans to increase and expand the services it provides to the residents of local communities.

Willow Burn’s patients and their families will continue to receive the highest quality care delivered by specialist staff but will soon benefit from a purpose built facility that will provide a truly welcoming, warm and homely environment.  Each of the six bedrooms will offer modern, well equipped facilities and include an en-suite bathroom.  Each room will also have access to its own outdoor terraced area which will provide stunning views over the landscaped gardens and the Derwent Valley.

The Hospice will shortly be launching a capital campaign that will further support the development of this new facility.  The campaign will be focussed on raising funds for additional specialist equipment and improving existing facilities to allow the growth and development of service delivery.

Helen McArdle said:

“I am extremely proud to be supporting such a wonderful organisation as they set out on a journey that will change the face of care in the Derwentside area. Funding the build of the new In-Patient Unit at Willow Burn Hospice is a fantastic opportunity for me to give back to a community that means so much to me and my family.”

Vicki Dale, Chief Executive of Willow Burn Hospice, added:

“Willow Burn Hospice is such a special place, our patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do and for us to have created a partnership with Helen McArdle that will allow the residents of our local communities to benefit from such a fantastic facility is something we are all very proud of.   Willow Burn Hospice first opened its doors in 1989 when two remarkable women, Irene Mortimer and Valerie Davison decided to start providing palliative and end of life care services to the people of Derwentside.  We are reaching our 30 year anniversary next year and we have a responsibility and duty to ensure that this much valued service continues to benefit our communities and this new facility will hopefully strengthen the Hospice’s foundation to ensure we can do this for years to come.”

Paul Jackson, Chair of the Willow Burn Hospice Board, said:

“I have worked with Willow Burn for 10 years and I am delighted to be part of a fantastic future for the hospice. It has been lovingly supported by the local public, businesses and groups which have raised thousands each year to keep it running. We know that our new facility will be something that the community can be proud of and we welcome everyone to come along and get involved.”

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