A Burnley hospice has been given £130,000 of Government cash to expand its services and build a new extension.
Pendleside Hospice, in Colne Road, Reedley, was awarded the grant by the Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, as part of a £60m. boost for hospices across the country.
Pendleside bosses will use the money to build a small two-storey extension to the main hospice building which will provide overnight en-suite accommodation for relatives of patients being cared for at the inpatient unit.
This is the third capital grant programme delivered by the Department of Health and administered by Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK.
The announcement has been welcomed by hospice bosses. Chief executive Mr Brian Hartup said: “This is wonderful news as it will enable us to provide much-needed accommodation for patients’ visitors.
“When someone has a life-limiting illness, it can be very difficult for their family and carers, particularly those who don’t live locally. One of the aims of hospice care is to support family and carers. Our new extension will enable them to remain close to their loved ones and enjoy quality time with them while they are in our care.”
A children’s hospice which cares for youngsters from across the Burnley area has also been given a £200,000 boost.
Derian House, in Chorley, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary year, will use the money to refurbish the children’s bedrooms.
Fund-raising manager Susie Poppitt said: “This funding is a welcome boost to our own continuous programme of fund-raising within our local community, every single penny is absolutely vital for the continuation of our work here at Derian. But this grant is less than our monthly running costs of £241,650, so we remain totally reliant on the support of the community.”