Hospice joy over £600k new building

Tree Tops Hospice plans for a new clinical support centre. Chief Executive George Cameron with the plans.
Tree Tops Hospice plans for a new clinical support centre. Chief Executive George Cameron with the plans.
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A hospice, which supports patients from across the region, has been awarded more than £600,000 to expand its services in a new building.

Treetops Hospice, whioch runs entirely on donations, received a share of £60m from the Government last week which will pay for 75 per cent of the cost of a new Clinical Support Centre.

Floorplan of new clinical support centre at Treetops Hospice, Risley.

Floorplan of new clinical support centre at Treetops Hospice, Risley.

A brand new Support and Information service for people recently diagnosed with a terminal illness will be set up in the new £811,000 new build, set to open in March next year.

George Cameron, chief executive of the hospice, said: “We are excited about having a bespoke building and gardens that are sympathetic to the needs of those who potentially will be benefitting from the services we offer.”

Three other services provided at Treetops will be expanded, including Hospice at Home, which is for patients who want to be treated at home.

And, due to increased demand, the bereavement support service, currently based above the hospice’s charity shop in Sandiacre, will be expanded and moved into the new building.

A large central room will be used to further develop the hospice’s carers’ support group, as well as provide group therapy sessions, such as therapeutic drumming groups.

Julie Heath, chair of the hospice board of trustees, added: “Demand for our services is increasing, and we want to be able to help more people in our local communities. This new building allows us to reach out to those people, and to give them a comfortable and private space at a time in their lives when they can be feeling at their most vulnerable.”