£1.5m Bradford Hospice Refurbishment Complete

Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E. info@burflex.co.uk

Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E. info@burflex.co.uk

£1.5m Bradford Hospice Refurbishment Complete

£1.5m Bradford Hospice Refurbishment Complete

A hospice in Bradford has undergone a massive refurbishment project, with the transformation of the building costing £1.5 million in total.

The Marie Curie Hospice revealed the update last week, after it received funding from the Morrisons Foundation and Sovereign Health Care, according to the Yorkshire Post.

As well as turning its Day Therapy Unit into an outpatient centre with the latest technology and facilities for those who are terminally ill, its transformation will enable the hospice to double its capacity as well as its services.

Manager at the hospice Jo Whincup said: “The new unit has created a space for patients to not only receive the care they need and deserve at the end of their life but is somewhere for them to relax and express their feelings through art and music therapy or gain strength during tailored therapy sessions in the newly developed gym.”

Among the changes are a day therapy office, accessible bathrooms, a refurbished medical consultation room, a new rehabilitation kitchen, and a lounge extension, which were paid for thanks to a donation of £500,000 from the Morrisons Foundation.

Morrisons Foundation trustee David Scott said he is “delighted” to support Marie Curie, adding: “It is wonderful to be involved in this redevelopment which will allow Marie Curie to improve the lives of many more people in our local community.”

In addition to these updates, the centre boasts new facilities, including an enlarged gym and therapy room.

A donation of more than £100,000 from Sovereign Health Care, based in Bradford, helped to fund this construction work.

Ms Whincup also stated the revamp will enable families to benefit from bereavement support by using a dedicated suite for loved ones.

Marie Curie nurse Pauline Bates helped unveil the updated building, and planted a hydrangea at the request of former patient Joyce Spurgeon, whom she had looked after in the late stages of Motor Neurone Disease.

Joyce’s daughter Debbie attended the breaking ground event, showing just how much this centre and its staff means to the community.

Refurbishments such as these could become more regular occurrences in Yorkshire, following the opening of Humber Construction Hub.

This centre, created by EN:Able Futures and Hull City-Wide Partnership and funded by Construction Skills Fund (CSF) from the Department for Education, will encourage more people in the region to learn on-site construction skills and gain work experience on projects such as this.

Those who embark on training at the Hub will also benefit from support to find jobs, gain certificates such as CSCS awards, and practical experience.

Policy director of CITB, which is delivering the new Hub, Steve Radley said: “The CSF project and its unique training model offers significant opportunities for local people who may otherwise have been unable to join the construction industry.”

He added: “The opening ceremony is just the first step, and it’s an exciting time for all the candidates who will be given the crucial onsite experience they need to start a career in this exciting industry.”

In addition to providing education, the Hub will offer its links with local businesses to enable students to gain access to real building projects.

These include those being worked on by scaffolding contractors in Hull.