Highland Hospice’s £4.5 million Project Build Appeal, due for public launch in April, has got off to the perfect start with a £1.25 million donation from Inverness based Orion Group. The appeal is raising funds to rebuild the Highland Hospice’s In Patient Unit and strengthen collaborative working between the Hospice and Marie Cure Cancer Care.
The generous donation takes the Hospice’s fundraising for the project to over £2 million. The planned In Patient Unit in Inverness will develop palliative care services offered to patients and families, both from the facility itself and out into the Highland community. The redeveloped Hospice will have more single rooms and improved family accommodation, plus more space to house bereavement support and physiotherapy services. They will also have the scope to develop innovative virtual hospice services.
The public phase of the Hospice’s capital fundraising push, named the Project Build Appeal, will be launched in April and for the past year the Appeal Committee have been making contact with charitable trusts and private individuals asking for support. Orion Group’s donation comes on top of a £500,000 contribution from The Robertson Trust and takes the Hospice ever closer to its £4.5 million target for the building.
In addition to improved clinical and family support spaces, the new building will house the Marie Curie Cancer Care Highland nursing team helping to cement partnership working for palliative care in the Highlands. NHS employed Macmillan Nurses are already based in the Hospice.
Paula McCormack, Head of Clinical Services at Highland Hospice, commented:
“Thanks to Orion’s generosity we will be able to bring three major palliative care providers together under one roof for the first time. Having the Marie Curie and Macmillan nursing services together with Hospice staff will ensure co-ordinated support for patients and families across the Highlands and help deliver high quality hospice and palliative care far into the future.”
Nichola Summers, Divisional General Manager Scotland at Marie Cure Cancer Care added:
“By working in close proximity to palliative care colleagues we can provide joined up care for terminally ill patients and their families. For such a geographically diverse area as the highlands this is essential to ensuring that patients receive the best possible care where they say they would most like to be.”
Alan Savage, Chairman Orion Group commented:
“Orion had a record year in 2012 and I felt that some of the profits should be put into the community. The Highland Hospice is a crucially important facility for patients with cancer and other terminal illnesses and their families in our area. It’s a privilege to be in the fortunate position to be able to make a donation towards the new building, which will help the Hospice, Marie Curie and the Macmillan nurses to deliver a range of new services for people affected by these terrible diseases.
“I would urge anyone who can afford to make a donation, either large or small, to do so to help our Hospice reach its target as soon as possible for the benefit of all affected by cancer and other terminal illnesses in the Highlands.”
Highland Hospice Chief Executive, Kenny Steele, expressed his gratitude for this contribution:
“When we started fundraising for our redevelopment we hoped the Highlands would once more get behind the Hospice and make our project a reality, but never in our wildest dreams did we expect a gift of this magnitude. It is truly outstanding and it will make a huge difference to the future of palliative care in the Highlands.
“We are so grateful for the continued support Alan Savage and Orion have shown Highland Hospice over the years, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”