A CHESTER hospice is to receive a financial boost of more than £460,000 to help them build a new day-care centre.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, in Backford, is one of 29 North West hospices to benefit from £10.5 million of Government funding, to improve care environments and settings.
The hospice will receive a £465,800 Government grant which will be used to allow them to build a new day-care centre for their terminally ill patients and maintain their high standard of care.
MP for Chester, Stephen Mosley, welcomed the news of the financial boost to the hospice, which helps to improve the quality of life for those living with incurable illnesses and gives support to their families, friends and carers.
Mr Mosley said: “This is great news for our local hospice. It is a testament to their hard work and excellent standards of care, and it is fantastic to see that the government recognises this.
“I look forward to seeing work progress on this new project.”
The funding for the hospice’s new day-care centre is part of a nationwide £60 million government funding programme which aims to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, while also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.
Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made to projects delivering improvements that benefit patients, have a tangible impact on the environment and provide value for money.
David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said: “Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand.
“Currently, too many people do not get the care they want or need and the numbers needing care continue to increase. Together, we face the challenge to ensure that people receive the best possible care at the end of life, irrespective of where they choose to be cared for, where they live or what condition they have.
“This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided.”