A CHICHESTER charity’s project is progressing on schedule just over a year after its launch.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice launched its DreamBuilding campaign just over a year ago to raise funds for its new hospice.
The hospice’s services have expanded so the current site in Donnington is no longer fit-for-purpose and the charity is now unable to meet growing demand for services.
The new hospice will be made up of four buildings designed to separate the different services the charity offers, making it easier for patients and relatives to navigate. These will be linked together by glazed corridors, with views onto the courtyard garden.
The project is now progressing well with the contractors, Kier, returning to the site in early January. After a detailed consultation with staff, volunteers, patients and their families, the internal plans and designs have been signed off and St Wilfrid’s has established an internal group to look at future departmental operating needs and how they will use the building.
Building will continue throughout 2018, with completion due in the first quarter of 2019.
The current site has been marketed by Henry Adams and St Wilfrid’s are delighted at the amount of interest it has attracted.
Sarah Tuhey, capital campaign co-ordinator, said: ” Fundraising continues apace, and we now have reached 84 per cent of our target. This is remarkable, but it still leaves us £2.5million to raise in 12 months which is a huge challenge for a small local charity.
“In June, 2016, our site was a derelict mass of plants and greenhouses, resembling something of a jungle!
“We launched our public fundraising campaign on our 30th anniversary in January, 2017. The footprint of our DreamBuilding was then mapped out, ready for our first site tours to commence.
“Kier, our contractors, started on site in the first week of January and presented the hospice with a cheque for £6,658.12 raised during their 20/20 challenge.
“2017 was an incredibly exciting year for the DreamBuilding project with 84 per cent of our fundraising target reached – over £13million and the first foundations of our DreamBuilding laid.
“In just over a year from now, we hope to open the doors of our new hospice to our very first patients.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our campaign so far – we are extremely grateful to every single one of our DreamBuilders.”
Public site tours resumed in January and these can be booked online as well as more information and a link to buy a Pin on Pansy at: dreambuilding.org.uk