Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Hospice in line for £500k funds boost from council

TheNorthern Ireland Hospice will receive a £500,000 boost to its plans to rebuild the facility – if Belfast City councillors back a motion tonight.

The charity, which has helped thousands of terminally ill patients and their families since 1983, could receive the cash injection over the next two financial years if the SDLP's motion is supported.

It will go towards the badly needed new £11m hospice at Somerton Road in north Belfast.

Financing will be secured from a number of sources, but the council cash would be a huge boost to the charity as it also needs the public's help to raise £3 million.

Former Lord Mayor Pat Convery, who has put forward the motion, said the hospice had contributed "significantly" to the welfare of the seriously ill and has helped assist families who were under extreme emotional pressure.

The redevelopment scheme will include 18 specialist palliative care beds and enhanced education and research facilities.

Last year, due to the dilapidated state of the premises on the Somerton Road, the hospice was forced to move patients and equipment into temporary accommodation at Whiteabbey Hospital.

The sum of £500,000 would be additional support from the council after its strategic policy and resources committee revealed last month the council would be donating £200,000 to the appeal.

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