Generous gift lifts appeal for new hospice in Peterborough

At Thorpe Hall are, from left, Rachel Morris, general secretary of the ICWCI, Anne-Marie Elmer, editor of the ICWCI, Gilly Carr, chairman of the trustees of the ICWCI benevolent fund, Allison Mann, Thorpe Hall's head of clinical service, Hannah Bentley, Sue Ryder fundraiser, and  Ed Shepherd, clerk of works

At Thorpe Hall are, from left, Rachel Morris, general secretary of the ICWCI, Anne-Marie Elmer, editor of the ICWCI, Gilly Carr, chairman of the trustees of the ICWCI benevolent fund, Allison Mann, Thorpe Hall's head of clinical service, Hannah Bentley, Sue Ryder fundraiser, and Ed Shepherd, clerk of works

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The appeal to build a new hospice in Peterborough has been given a generous push forward.

The Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal has received a £5,000 boost thanks to the Peterborough-based Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate.

The inspectorate’s benevolent fund has chosen to support the Sue Ryder appeal as a local construction project.

One of its members, Ed Shepherd, is the clerk of works on the project, acting as a liaison point between the organisation and the contractors building the new state-of-the-art hospice at Thorpe Hall in Longthorpe.

Chairman of the trustees for the benevolent fund Gilly Carr, general secretary Rachel Morris and editor Anne-Marie Elmer visited Thorpe Hall to hand over the donation.

Mr Carr said: “We receive money from members which is traditionally used to help those who may need it at a difficult time.

“We are in the fortunate position at the moment of having surplus funds and we think it’s only right they are used to support vital work in the community.

“This building project is an ideal one for us to support and we are delighted to be able to see the money put to good use.”

And the refurbished West Wing at Thorpe Hall Hospice has opened up new opportunities for staff and clients at another city-based charity.

Headway Cambridgeshire has moved its Peterborough hub to the hospice.

The refurbishment of Sue Ryder hospice’s West Wing was completed in phase one of the two year project which is also seeing the building of a new inpatient unit.

The West Wing is used by the hospice’s day services, working with members with long term neurological conditions.

But the remodelling of the space created new areas including space for a gym, consultation and group work rooms which is being used by Headway Cambridgeshire.

The charity works with adults who have acquired a brain injury and other neurological conditions with a focus on rehabilitation – helping them relearn the skills they need to live as independently as possible.

Headway Cambridgeshire service manager Kathy Bullock said: “By moving our Peterborough Hub to Thorpe Hall Hospice we have access to more rooms and additional space which will allow us to develop our services further.

“We are also very excited to be working alongside the hospice team to develop joint projects which, again, will give our clients new opportunities and experiences.”

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