Glasgow hospice’s Brick by Brick appeal hits £21m target

Ashley Thomson, fundraising manager; Rhona Baillie, chief executive; Charles Berry, chairman of the hospice's capital appeal group; Lord Provost Eva Bollander; Maureen Henderson, Hospice chairman; and Heather Manson, fundraising director, celebrate on the steps of the hospice. (Photograph by Martin Shields)
Ashley Thomson, fundraising manager; Rhona Baillie, chief executive; Charles Berry, chairman of the hospice's capital appeal group; Lord Provost Eva Bollander; Maureen Henderson, Hospice chairman; and Heather Manson, fundraising director, celebrate on the steps of the hospice. (Photograph by Martin Shields)

Champagne corks were popped at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice with the news that the Brick by Brick Appeal reached its £21million target.

The hospice launched the appeal in 2012 to find the money to create a new purpose-built facility on a 7.5-acre green site on land gifted by Glasgow City Council in Bellahouston Park.

After six years of fundraising from individuals, groups and corporate hospice supporters all across the country and as far afield as New York, the incredible figure of £21m has been reached.

Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled, it has been an incredible journey – the generosity of Scots all across the UK and abroad has been overwhelming.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us.

“This news comes as we get ready to move patients to our new home in early autumn, enabling us to provide a gold standard of care to patients and families for many years to come.”

From bake sales and sponsored runs to onesie days and glamorous balls, donations of all shapes and sizes have built the new hospice.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, who is also the hospice president, said: “Glasgow cares deeply about its hospice and values the world-class care and support it provides. I’m extremely proud to witness this new chapter in its history and to offer the city’s continuing support as it delivers expert care for patients and those who love them for years to come.”

The new facility will lead the way in palliative care, offering a gold standard of care and support to 1200 new patients and families every year in a purpose-built facility.