£210,000 grant boost for hospice

Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract has been given a grant of �210,000 from the department of Health to create three additional bedrooms and a family room.'Lilly Ford, David Stewart (chief exec), Kate Brain
Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract has been given a grant of �210,000 from the department of Health to create three additional bedrooms and a family room.'Lilly Ford, David Stewart (chief exec), Kate Brain

Relatives and carers will be able to stay overnight with patients at Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice for the first time thanks to a £210,000 government grant .

The Department of Health has given 176 grants worth £60m to hospices across the country to support a variety of projects.

Prince of Wales Hospice, on Halfpenny Lane, will use its £210,969 share of the money to extend the inpatient unit.

The extension will see an additional three bedrooms and a new family room where relatives and carers of patients can stay overnight.

David Stewart, chief executive at the hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant, which will help us to better support people from across the Five Towns with life-limiting illness, as well as their families and carers.

“Having the extra bedrooms will allow us to care for more patients and for the first time, we’ll be able to offer a dedicated family room in which relatives and carers can stay the night to be close to their loved ones.”

The hospice costs around £2.2m to run every year and is a registered charity.

It relies heavily on charitable donations.

Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, said: “Hospices help patients and their families at what can the most difficult part of their life.

“This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness.”

The hospice has recently submitted plans to Wakefield Council chiefs for a three-storey care home on the Halfpenny Lane site .

The new facility would feature 17 en-suite bedrooms and would be used to raise funds for the hospice.

The home, if approved by council bosses, would run as a commercial business, completely separate to the hospice.

No fundraising for the hospice would be used to support the proposed new care home.