The project to build a new hospice for Glasgow has received a huge cash boost from the St. James’s Place Foundation.
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s £21m new build on a leafy green site at Bellahouston Park has been awarded a grant of £375,000 from the charitable arm of St. James’ Place Wealth Management.
The substantial donation, one of the biggest received by the hospice, will be spread over the next two to three years and help to fund the young people’s lounge and courtyard.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the St. James’ Place Foundation, this is a considerable sum,” said Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
“Work starts on the new hospice in June and we are focusing on fundraising the final £4m. This donation brings us one step closer to providing gold-standard palliative care in a 21st-century facility.”
Glasgow’s Hospice cares for more than 1200 patients and families each year and has outgrown its much-loved home at Carlton Place on the banks of the River Clyde in the city centre, moving patients to the new purpose-built facility in spring 2018.
Rhona has been involved in every stage of the design process, including planning individual rooms that open onto shared courtyard space, accommodation for families and facilities to care for young people aged from 15 years and upwards.
“Patient and family care must come first. I’m a palliative care nurse and that’s what drives me and the team – to make sure we get it right every time,” adds Rhona.
“There is a gap in the provision of palliative care for young people in Scotland, and we are the first hospice in the country to start transitioning young people into adult care.”
The donation from the St. James’s Place Foundation will be used specifically in the facilities for younger patients.
“The team at the hospice is offering an exceptional level of care and support in a facility that has become inappropriate for the requirements of the patients and families they serve today. We are very excited about the prospect of creating a wonderful space for the children who will visit the new hospice,” said Mark Longbottom, head of the St. James’s Place Foundation.