Balfour Beatty backs hospice appeal

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Big-hearted staff at Balfour Beatty are backing the appeal to raise £21million to build a new home for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

A team from the construction group raised £3400 after taking part in the hospice’s recent It’s a Knockout challenge event at Glasgow Green.

Balfour Beatty is the main contractor for the project to build a new home for the hospice on a green site gifted by Glasgow City Council in the city’s Bellahouston Park.

Work started in September and is due to be complete in 2018.

Hector Macaulay, Balfour Beatty regional managing director, Scotland, said: “Our new team was delighted to put its weight behind the community’s bid to raise funds for the new hospice, with their efforts, including an It’s a Knockout event, contributing a further £3400 towards the total raised so far, bringing the total fund to £18.6m.

Rhona Baillie, hospice chief executive, said: “At Balfour Beatty we encourage all our staff to be active in the communities in which we live and work, whether through volunteering or fundraising for an excellent cause. It’s great to have the support of Balfour Beatty, we are delighted that they are getting involved in fundraising to help us reach our target.

“This is a very exciting time for us now that work has started on site. We still have £2.4m to raise and we are encouraging all our supporters to stay with us and help build Glasgow’s Hospice.”

The new hospice will bring 21st century palliative care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of hospice services, providing the flexibility to develop and improve services, and lower the age limit of patients to include 15-year-old patients and their families.

This will be the first hospice in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of care, which has “placemaking” at the centre of its approach.

This innovative state-of-the-art Scandinavian design puts patients and families first, and provides space for privacy, dignity and compassionate care for all ages.

Buy a Brick, the latest phase of the hospice’s Brick by Brick Appeal, launched recently.

To Buy a Brick and donate £5, text BRICK to 70660 or make a donation online at www.ppwh.org.uk/donate.