Prospect Hospice wins grant for family lodges

Prospect Hospice is delighted to have received confirmation from the Department of Health on 10 April that we have been successful in our bid to secure a grant to fund the construction of accommodation lodges for patients’ families during a loved one’s stay on our In-patient Unit.

We are very pleased that our bid has been successful because, at any given time, up to fifteen patients are receiving respite or end-of-life care at the Hospice in Wroughton, with full occupancy of our beds commonplace. It is often the case that the spouses of patients and other family members will stay with patients into the late hours, and sometimes through the night, and many will have travelled to be with them. In building these two new lodges, we want to ensure that the worry of where to stay will be eased for some of the families of our patients, enabling them to spend precious time with someone they love.

The grant from the Department of Health does not, however, cover the full cost of the building of the new lodges. Earlier in the year Prospect Hospice benefited from a legacy left in the will of a local well-wisher, and our trustees have agreed that funds will be made available from this legacy to enable us to complete this important work.

Our aim is to commence this building work late autumn this year, and that it will be completed and our lodges ready to welcome patients’ families in spring 2014.

The success of our bid has been made possible by the collective effort of many local companies who have generously supported our proposal in recognition of the benefit that this work can bring for people at a very uncertain time.

Their contribution to our bid has been vital in our being able to add more fantastic facilities to all that Prospect Hospice already provides locally.