A FUNDRAISING appeal to build an £18 million state-of-the-art hospice in the southside kicked off this week.
The Brick by Brick fundraising drive is for a new Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice (PPWH) facility, planned for an eight-acre site within Bellahouston Park.
The land has been gifted by Glasgow city council, but the charity now needs to raise £15 million to fund the new palliative care centre, which will specialise in caring for young people aged 15 and up.
Chief executive Rhona Baillie was joined by hospice supporter Carol Smillie, GCC deputy leader Archie Graham and professor Alan Pert, of NORD architects, to formally launch the campaign.
She explained: “We will only be able to build a new hospice for the people of Glasgow with their ongoing support and help.
“Not only will this enable us to further extend our existing services, it will allow us to provide much-needed provision of care to young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses across the west of Scotland.
“We believe this development will be a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services to the people of Glasgow, and in particular will address a specific gap in the availability of care for young people who can be lost in transition between children and adult health services”.
The purpose-built design is intended to boost existing PPWH services, based at Carlton Place since 1983. The current facility provides care for more than 1,000 patients a year, but is running at full capacity.
The Bellahouston plan includes more single rooms and family suites and facilities for the families of patients who wish to stay overnight.
The design also features increased parking and landscaped gardens with access points, allowing bed-confined patients to be taken outside.
Speaking at the launch, councillor Archie Graham commented that he was “very impressed by the hospice’s ambitious vision”.
He continued: “The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is a well-established and inspiring centre of excellence in the care of people of all ages who are facing life-limiting illnesses.
“Glasgow is rightly proud of this service and owes its staff and patients all the support, encouragement and friendship it can muster.
“I’d encourage as many people as possible to help the fundraising drive in any way they can”.
To find out more, or to support the Brick by Brick campaign, visit www.ppwh.org.uk.