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Huddersfield hospice closes in on £3m target after £500,000 government grant

A hospice in Huddersfield has moved a step closer to its £3m fundraising target after being awarded more than £500,000 of government money.

Kirkwood Hospice is building a new 16-bed inpatient unit to replace its existing ward.

The facility is currently under construction, with patients having been moved to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Director of clinical services Christine Springthorpe said she was "absolutely delighted" with the grant.

"The new inpatient unit will provide improved facilities for people across Kirklees with life-limiting terminal illnesses, as well as their friends and families," she said.

Nationwide, 176 hospices were awarded grants by the Department of Health from an overall fund of £60m.

More than £7m has been given to 19 hospices across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Announcing the funding, which was awarded in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: "This fund will help hospices provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives."

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