Woking & Sam Beare Hospices officially launched their New Build Appeal in February 2016, with the support of celebrity Patron Michael Aspel and Sky New Presenter Isabel Webster. The project will secure the future of Hospice care across Surrey for generations to come. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices deliver care in people’s homes across the whole county from their two facilities in Woking and Weybridge. However, both buildings are now old, wearing out and struggling to meet the demands of modern, 21st century care.
Building work is continuing on a new, state of the art hospice in Woking which will include an in-patient unit Wellbeing Centre designed to cater for daily out-patient visits and offering a range of therapies. The second phase will be to reconfigure the space at Sam Beare Hospice to support more patients in an improved Wellbeing Centre.
With the loan facility from Woking Borough Council, pledges from Trust and Foundations, businesses and high net worth individuals, the first 60% of the project costs are now secured. This leaves the Hospices with £3.4million still to find and this is the amount of money that the charities will be asking the community to help them raise.
Hospice care is at the heart of the community and the buildings are at the heart of the care they provide across Surrey, they have therefore decided on a heart theme for the New Build Appeal Campaign. The brightly coloured logo is devised of 4 jigsaw pieces, each representing the four areas of care that is provided – On the Ward, In the Home, Wellbeing and Family Support – all of which will be improved when the project is completed in 2017.
Paper hearts have been delivered to residents around Surrey on which messages of support can be written and sent to be displayed in the new hospice building. You can make a donation, wear a heart pin badge, or meet Hope, the Appeal mascot, who is a 6ft tall walking version of the heart! Hospices are places filled with love; from staff, volunteers, patients and families, and the heart also represents that love.
Alan has been under the care of the Hospices to help with the effects of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). He summed up why he supports Woking & Sam Beare Hospice by saying “I’m talking publicly about my experience like this because I want everyone to know how incredibly lucky we all are to have a local hospice to care for us. Their care is the best I’ve ever experienced – and it’s free. Now, as they try to create their new service I really think that we must all get involved and support them if we can. Not for me – but for all those who will come after me who will need their wonderful care.”
Play your part in the future of hospice care in your local area. You will be supporting a hospice service designed to offer 21st Century care across Surrey that will benefit local people for generations to come: www.wsbhospices.co.uk/NewBuild