Hospice to get £500k cash windfall

An artist's impression of the new Wigan and Leigh Hospice outreach facility
An artist's impression of the new Wigan and Leigh Hospice outreach facility

A HOSPICE providing specialist care for Wiganers suffering from terminal diseases will see its facilities transformed after receiving a Government windfall of more than half a million pounds.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice, based in Hindley, will be given £510,000 as part of a £60m funding pot given by the Department of Health to more than 30 centres in the North West.

The facility will use the money to support the building of a new outreach facility within the grounds of its headquarters on Kildare Street. The new building, which will also require around £1m of funding raised by the hospice itself, will house therapy and counselling services, outpatient clinics and provide a base for the expanded community nursing team.

This includes the new Hospice in your Home service, which will be launched later this year.

Chief executive Alan Baron said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant, which will help us to better support more local people with life-limiting conditions beyond the current 1,000 patients a year that we currently care for, as well as their friends and families.

“By launching our new Hospice in your Home service we can support more patients and their families in the place they feel most comfortable.

“The new building will help us to realise this goal but will also provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities with a beautiful outlook over local woodlands.”

Wigan and Leigh Hospice has become a much-loved institution and one of the borough’s biggest organisations, providing a huge range of care and therapies both in its Hindley centre and in homes across the borough.

The organisation is also backed up by an army of around 700 volunteers, which runs a dozen shops across Wigan, carries out day-to-day work at the centre and works to provide much of the £4,500 the hospice needs to find every day of the year to continue its work.

In total 176 grants have been handed out to hospices in the region, with the funding being used to provide a wide range of improvements including changing day therapy facilities, providing transport services, making upgrades to bedrooms and bathrooms and providing overnight facilities for families.

The £60m pot is the third capital grant programme which the Department for Health has adminsitered, and will be overseen by Help the Hospices, the UK’s leading charity supporting hospice care.