Photographs celebrate the ‘lifeblood’ of hospice

Chief executive Rhona Baillie ' photo by Martin Shields
Chief executive Rhona Baillie ' photo by Martin Shields

A photography exhibition celebrating the people involved in the new Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice has been launched at the House for an Art Lover.

Construction begins on the new hospice, on land donated by Glasgow City Council at Bellahouston Park, in June 2016 — with an estimated completion date of February 2018.

The Brick by Brick Appeal has now raised £16 million towards a £21 million target.

And to celebrate, PPWH officials launched Window of Light, shot by photographer Elaine Livingstone and featuring portraits of patients, families, staff and volunteers, as well as plans for the new hospice.

Rhona Baillie, hospice chief executive, said: “We wanted to take the time to celebrate the success of the Brick by Brick Appeal so far, and to thank the people of Glasgow for their support and generosity.

“We are asking all of our supporters and donators to stay with us till the end of this journey and continue to support us.

“This is an update — a chance to see two exhibitions which highlight the aspects of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice that we are most proud of; our people and the designs of our new hospice.

“As anyone who has passed through the hospice’s front door at Carlton Place will know, the staff and volunteers are its lifeblood — each helping in their own way to provide the best possible end of life care.

“The hospice provides a ‘window of light’ in the darkest of times, and this exhibition celebrates the patients and families, the staff and volunteers.”

The state-of-the-art facility will provide end of life care for Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Cambuslang and Rutherglen — including a service for teenagers with life-limiting illnesses.

Private bedrooms will have overnight facilities for families, and kitchens for patients, as well as garden areas, a hydrotherapy pool and sensory room.

The exhibition is now open to the public on the top floor of House for an Art Lover.