£2.7m funding boost for new hospice
Work on a new hospice in Northern Ireland will begin before the end of the year, it has been revealed.
The news comes as a £2.7 million boost from Stormont's Health Department was announced.
The new centre, with 18 beds, will be built on Northern Ireland Hospice's existing north Belfast site.
Professor Dame Judith Hill, NI Hospice chief executive, said: "This is a significant and very welcome announcement for Northern Ireland Hospice and its supporters.
"The £2.7 million committed by the minister will allow us to lever additional funds and begin work on our new hospice before the end of the year.
"I am confident that we will meet our appeal targets and build a legacy of hospice care for generations to come."
Health Minister Edwin Poots said: "The support the NI Hospice gives to those in need of palliative and end-of-life care, in partnership with the health and social care trusts, is vital.
"I am therefore delighted to provide capital funding of £2.7 million to enable NI Hospice to proceed with the replacement of this much-needed facility."