West Midlands hospices to get £7.7m boost

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West Midlands hospices are to receive a share of £60m of government cash to improve facilities.

A total of 21 hospices will benefit from £7,710,462, which will be used to create new space for patients, families and carers and supporting care at home.

The money will boost day-therapy facilities and the refurbishment of patient and visitor areas.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it would bring hospices "up to date" with "modern environments."

Hope House Children's Hospice in Oswestry, Shropshire, will get more than £175,000 to build a new extension.

Director of fundraising Cath Jones said the new block could not have been built without the grant.

'Privacy and dignity'

St Michael's Hospice said its grant of £680,000 would make a "huge difference", helping to fund an £8m inpatient building and other units at its site in Hereford.

Chief executive Nicky West said the redeveloped site would help it to double the number of people it supports to 4,000 a year, including family members and carers.

She said the new buildings, expected to open next year, in time for its 30th anniversary, would also improve privacy and dignity by offering more individual rooms, compared with the current four-bed wards.

The full list of hospices are:

Hospice

Grant

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust (Birmingham)

£108,735

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust (Walsall)

£153,722

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust (Worcester)

£190,624

Birmingham St. Mary's Hospice

£214,362

Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton

£119,975

Compton Hospice (Cedars Site), Wolverhampton

£510,000

Donna Louise Children's Hospice, Stoke-on-Trent

£478,343

Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Stoke-on-Trent

£494,428

Hope House Children's Hospice, Shropshire

£175,887

Kemp Hospice, Kidderminster

£397,800

Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Nuneaton

£529,867

Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge

£509,127

Primrose Hospice, Bromsgrove

£503,200

Rugby Myton Day Hospice

£90,168

Severn Hospice (Shrewsbury)

£387,408

Shakespeare Hospice, Stratford-upon-Avon

£510,000

St Giles Hospice

£654,194

St Giles Hospice (Whittington)

£50,623

St Michael's Hospice (Hereford)

£680,000

St Richard's Hospice, Worcester

£510,000

Warwick Myton Hospice

£442,000

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