Farnham charity Phyllis Tuckwell has launched a fundraising appeal to raise £6 million to help build a new hospice on its Waverley Lane site in Farnham.
The new hospice will support people throughout Surrey and Hampshire, living with advanced or terminal illnesses.
From the new hospice, Phyllis Tuckwell’s expert staff will care for thousands of patients approaching the end of their lives, through their illness and until death.
The new hospice will also allow the charity to provide more support for the families, carers and loved ones of patients.
Phyllis Tuckwell currently serves a community of 550,000 across Surrey and Hampshire.
By 2040 deaths in this community are set to increase by 25 per cent and the number of people needing palliative care will double by 2060, compared to 2018.
Building the new hospice will enable the charity to respond to this growing demand and rapidly increase the number of people it can help.
The new hospice will be larger, modern and purpose built. It will replace the existing building that is much loved, yet no longer able to cope with the increasing demand for palliative care in our area.
The new hospice will include 18 en-suite inpatient rooms, and offer a new wellbeing suite, an education suite, a café, family rooms, an exercise suite and a raft of new clinical and consulting rooms.
The new spaces will allow Phyllis Tuckwell to care for more people, both on the new In-Patient Unit and as outpatients. It will be surrounded by landscaped gardens and provide welcome sanctuary to local residents.
Sarah Church, chief executive of Phyllis Tuckwell, said: “The new hospice will mean thousands more men and women will benefit from the specialist end of life care Phyllis Tuckwell provides.
“It is an ambitious yet urgently-needed project that will improve healthcare in our community for generations to come.”
The total cost of the project, which was granted planning permission last month, is estimated to be in the region of £16m, of which £10m will come from charitable reserves with the remaining £6m to be raised via a capital appeal.
“We have already prudently saved £10m towards this ambitious project but we now need to raise a further £6million to turn it into a reality,” said Peter Foxton, director of income generation at Phyllis Tuckwell.
While the new hospice is being constructed, Phyllis Tuckwell will continue to provide its full range of inpatient and outpatient services from temporary locations.