£25k raised for new hospice building

Solicitors who took part in a fundraiser for St Wilfrid's Hospice.
Solicitors who took part in a fundraiser for St Wilfrid's Hospice.

Around £25,000 was raised for St Wilfrid’s Hospice which will help it furnish and equip a bedroom in its new state-of-the-art building.

Solicitors from Hailsham, Polegate, Seaford, Newhaven, Uckfield, Lewes and Eastbourne clubbed together to raise the funds.

The funds were raised by solicitors writing and amending people’s Wills for a donation to the hospice.

The hospice is currently raising money to go towards furnishing the additional ten bedrooms in the new hospice in Broadwater Way in Eastbourne.

A staggering 192 wills were written and the money raised will furnish a complete bedroom which will support many people in the community.

John Summers, Legacy and Tribute Fund Manager at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, said he wanted to thank everyone who took part.

He said: “Our sincere thanks go to all of those who took part – for their time, interest and support.

“Around 85 per cent of our running costs come from our local community and schemes such as this make our work possible.”

The fundraiser saw 11 local firms throughout the area support the scheme.

A spokesman for St Wilfird’s added that hospice staff would like to extend their thanks to all of the firms who helped with the donation.

This included staff at Barwells, Cornfield Law, Gaby Hardwicke, Hart Reade, Heringtons, Lawson Lewis Blaker, McCarthy Webb, Mayo Wynne Baxter, Mullaney & Co, Stephen Rimmer and Dawson Hart.

Building work on the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice was completed in August to the delight of staff, volunteers and patients.

The hospice cost £11.5 million.

The new hospice has 20 private bedrooms which each open out onto a garden area and have en suite facilities .

It also has therapy rooms, day care facilities, office space and a community coffee shop.

In May this year the Duke of Devonshire made a visit to St Wilfrid’s Hospice to see works underway.

The Duke, who is a patron of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, was able to see just how close they were to completing the build .

Kara Bishop, chief executive at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, greeted the Duke of Devonshire at the new premises and treated the hospice patron to an exclusive tour of the extensive grounds.

For more information about the hospice visit St Wilfrid’s Hospice website at http://www.stwhospice.org/