11 Jun 2018
This week we celebrate the success of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice’s fundraising campaign.
The Brick by Brick appeal was launched in 2012, and has now reached its target of £21 million needed to build a new Glasgow hospice.
Rhona Baillie, chief executive of the hospice, was inspired to start the campaign after a conversation with a teenage patient.
“He took one look at the day services room and said – that’s not for me. It was because the majority of people in there were over 50, and the whole environment was simply wrong for someone of his age. It made me think – how can we make this better?”
The new hospice will be in Bellahouston Park and will provide 16 single-rooms for live-in patients, with access to their own outdoor space. It will also provide care for young people aged 16 and over, with a dedicated outpatient area for young people.
It will support 1,200 patients and families every year, and is the first hospice in the UK to be built to the Scandinavian Sengetun model of care, incorporating adaptable private, social and family spaces specifically designed to increase wellbeing and calm.
Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, who is also the hospice president, said, “It is an incredible achievement to reach the £21 million total of the capital appeal, enabling the hospice to provide the very highest standards of palliative care now and for future generations.”
Brick by Brick is the biggest capital appeal in the UK by an independent hospice. Donations have come from across Glasgow and Europe, including a total of £100,000 raised by the city’s schoolchildren.
Rhona Bailie said, “It has been an incredible journey – generosity of Scots all across the UK and abroad has been overwhelming.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us. This news comes as we get ready to move patients to our new home in early autumn.”