THE FINAL bolt was screwed into place on Tuesday to complete the steel frame of the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice building.
VIP guests gathered at the site of the new hospice in Bosham to celebrate a landmark moment in the construction of its new modern hospice.
Capital campaign co-ordinator, Chloe Neilson Hopkins, placed the final bolt in place in front of guests at the topping out ceremony.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant and patron of the hospice, Denise Patterson, officially opened proceedings, taking time to reflect on the care and support over 17,000 patients and their families had received since St Wilfrid’s opened in 1987. She also took a moment to congratulate the hospice trustees for their vision and courage in bringing their ambition to fruition.
Trustees chairman Angela Wormald said: “We are so grateful to all our wonderful supporters whose generosity has got us this far. We give thanks to the local community in Bosham for their warm welcome and to our contractors Kier, and our project managers, Baqus, for their excellent work and dedication to our new hospice.
“From the hospice founders to every patient we have had the privilege to care for – they have all inspired us to continue to deliver great care and support.”
The hospice was delighted to be joined by Kevin and Lisa Byrne, whose family foundation has pledged £300,000 to the project. Kevin and his family have challenged the community to match this pound for pound.
The new hospice will be 50 per cent bigger than the Grosvenor Road location and have 18 fully en-suite rooms each with a garden view and a shower – allowing for assisted washing and care even for wheelchair-bound patients.
The rooms will also be much larger (278 sq. foot), allowing nurses to provide better care and enabling family and friends to make the most of every moment with their loved one, staying over if they wish.
Mayor, Cllr Martyn Bell, said: “I am delighted with the progress that has been made. This is a marvellous location which is highly sustainable with the bus routes and train station so close.
“I am really impressed with the progress here and look forward to seeing it.”
Suzy O’Callaghan, director of nursing said: “It is an exciting project. It is future proofing and looking ahead to the next 30 years. The old site restricts what we can provide for patients and this now gives us the ability to grow and provide the good quality care we are recognised for.”
St Wilfrid’s Hospice has £1.7m left to raise, but only nine months in which to do it – so St Wilfrid’s is calling on everyone’s help to get there. To pledge your support visit: www.dreambuilding.org.uk