It’s great news that we are one step closer to this aim, following the exchange of contracts for the conditional purchase by East Coast Hospice of a five acre site on Sidegate Road in Gorleston. The charity plans to build a ten-bed hospice and operate a specialist palliative care support service. That’s a mammoth task for a local charity that is independent from the National Health Service. The government has £40 million of funding for hospices but this is only available to existing facilities along with Peter Aldous, the MP for Lowestoft, I am trying to persuade ministers to change this rule.
They have a visible presence on our high streets with their popular charity shops in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. They are an easy way to show your support; by popping in to grab a bargain, donating any unwanted items or helping as a shop volunteer. The fundraising team organise a range of events throughout the year – find out more on their website.
24th August 2011