On Saturday 2nd December we welcome The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice to Etsy Made Local who will be collecting towards the remaining total they need to build a new hospice for Glasgow. Here’s a little bit from themselves about their campaign and their charity.
“From the six-year-old girl who raised money by practicing her violin every day for two weeks to the wheelchair-bound young patient who volunteers at bucket collections, and the runner who has broken the world record for the fastest time in a marathon running as hospice mascot Harvey.
Ask how The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice has raised £19.7million of the £21m needed to build a new hospice in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park, and these are just some of the heart-warming tales of supporters who have helped us on our journey.
The people of Glasgow have been incredibly generous in their support of the Brick by Brick Appeal, it has captured the imaginations and fundraising skills of people all across the city and beyond.
Thanks to the help of our loyal corporate partners, staff in companies all over Scotland have done everything from climb mountains to cycle epic routes for their chosen charity of Glasgow’s Hospice.
And ex-pats as far away as New York City have dug deep at a gala fundraiser for the hospice.
From bake sales and coffee mornings to sporting challenges, every penny raised has brought the hospice team one step closer to realising the dream of a brand new purpose-built facility that will offer the very highest standards of care in a modern setting.
The state-of-the-art facilities will, quite simply, revolutionise the provision of palliative care – not just in Scotland but across the UK. The architecture of the building is pivotal to the care patients will receive and we will be the first hospice in the UK to be built around the Sengetun model of care, based on research that shows the aesthetic design of a healthcare facility has a measurable impact on patients’ wellbeing.
What this actually means for our patients is large private en-suite rooms with plenty of space for family to stay overnight, and a wall of glass at either end of the room. One opens out to a large terrace, with enough space for a patient’s bed, and views across the 7.5 acres of gardens; the other to an open social space for patients.
As well as a dining room and cafe, there will be areas where families can eat together, if they choose to. A large gallery area will showcase work made by patients and family members in our art room, the biggest and most advanced art project at any hospice in Scotland that ensures patients have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful activity that can enhance a sense of wellbeing during an anxious and difficult time in their lives.
A big change in the new hospice will be caring for young patients, aged from 16 years, and we have already started working with young people to transition them to adult services and are in co-production with them, listening closely to what they need and what services they want and making sure we provide them now, and in our new home.
This is an incredibly exciting time for everyone at the hospice, including staff and patients, as we see many years of work come to fruition.”