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Thanks to the support of local people, businesses and organisations, 10 years ago today, on 8 March 2011, we were able to open the new St Barnabas House hospice in Titnore Lane, which replaced our original building in Columbia Drive.
When the hospice first opened in 1973 on the Columbia Drive site, it was originally designed with a lifespan of 25 years. But, after 35 years there, hospice care had changed, more and more people needed our care, and the old building was becoming harder to maintain.
The charity had a vision to build a new hospice, fit for the future and enabling us to care for more people in our local community. The aim was to create a warm and welcoming environment with 20 single-bedded rooms affording patients greater privacy and dignity, more spacious accommodation for the Day Hospice and Community Teams and beautiful, tranquil grounds and gardens for everyone to enjoy.
With £9.5 million already in the bank, the Building a Dream appeal was launched in 2008 to raise the remaining £4 million. Following three years of incredible fundraising and support from the local community, the brand-new building opened in March 2011. The occasion was marked by a walk between the old site and the new one by 38 people, each representing the 38 years at the old hospice.
When we first moved into the new hospice, we were providing care for 877 patients. Since then, we have expanded the care we provide to our local community, launched our Hospice at Home service in 2012, increased our Community Team and introduced our Hospice Outreach and Schools Projects. Last year, we cared for 1,965 patients and their families – an increase of 124%!
Our St Barnabas House building provides a firm foundation for us to continue caring for even more people in the community for many years to come.
St Barnabas House was built for the community, by the community, and we can’t thank you enough for your support – past, present and future. You make local hospice care possible.