St Catherine’s will be opening the doors of its brand-new hospice and offering tours of its new home at Pease Pottage, to proudly show the local community what their support has achieved.
The impressive new £19.5 million facility, on Grace Holland Avenue in the heart of the Woodgate development, will be opening to patients at the start of December and has been solely funded through donations from St Catherine’s dedicated supporters.
Everyone is invited to book on a tour, or attend an open day, to witness first-hand the larger, modern 24 bed hospice. With much more space, the charity will also be able to care for more people who need palliative and end of life support in the community.
Tours of the hospice will be running midweek from Thursday 2 November to Friday 17 November, with two tours a day at 10am and 2pm. Each tour will be limited to 20 people each.
On Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November the hospice will be holding open days from 10am-4pm where visitors can explore at their own pace. Places for the tours and the open days can be booked on St Catherine’s website: stch.org.uk/tours
Chief Executive Giles Tomsett says: “For 40 years, St Catherine’s has proudly provided our outstanding care at our Malthouse Road hospice in Crawley. But demand is high and we need to reach more people who need us. Our incredible new home will ensure that we can help more local people who are facing the end of their lives.
“This project has been 10 years in the making and we hope local residents from West Sussex and East Surrey will take this opportunity to come and visit, free of charge, and witness this impressive building that stands as proof of what dedicated community support can achieve.”
To book a tour of the new hospice visit: stch.org.uk/tours. The new hospice address is: St Catherine’s Hospice, Grace Holland Avenue, Pease Pottage, West Sussex, RH11 9SF.
St Catherine’s Hospice
St Catherine’s Hospice provides expert end of life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across West Sussex and East Surrey.
Every year, the hospice cares for around 2,000 people living with a terminal illness at its hospice in Crawley, in their own homes or in care homes. Eight in ten people cared for by St Catherine’s are supported in the comfort of their own home.
As well as expert medical care, St Catherine’s also provides emotional and practical support through its dedicated Wellbeing Team, which provides a range of services including counselling, welfare advice, bereavement support and spiritual care.
It costs around £10 million to run the hospice each year but less than a third of this comes from the NHS. The rest is raised through the support and generosity of the local community.
St Catherine’s is currently building a new, larger hospice in Pease Pottage which is due to open in December 2023. It will have 24 individual rooms, providing more care to more people, as well as increased community and bereavement support for future generations to benefit from in the local community.
For more information or to make a donation please visit www.stch.org.uk