Hughes-Hallett, Chief Executive for Marie Curie Cancer Care UK
welcomes patient Ann McKee from Carryduff to the new Day Therapy
facilities at the charity's Hospice in East Belfast. The opening
marks a major milestone in the £3.2 million 'Living Rooms
Appeal' project that has included the rejuvenation and rebuild
of the 40 year old building. However the charity continues the
drive to raise the remaining £750,000 for the appeal.
MARIE Curie Cancer Care last week marked a major milestone in
the £3.2million redevelopment of its Belfast Hospice.
The charity opened a new Day Therapy unit,
completing phase two of the major project - 'Living Rooms
Appeal' - that has included the rejuvenation and rebuild of the
40 year old building.
Returning from the satellite day therapy
facility at Ards Community Hospital, the specialist palliative
care services at the Marie Curie Hospice will provide invaluable
physical, emotional and spiritual therapies for patients and
families living with terminal illness.
The Hospice already runs similar satellite
day therapy services in Lisburn and. Downpatrick and will
continue its service in Ards. The new unit in East Belfast will
give local people better access to the charity's services.
Although the opening signifies the closing
stages of the building work, the charity must raise a further
£750,000 before it realises its vision for April 2007, of
becoming one of the very best palliative care hospices in the
Patients were welcomed into the new facility
that is part of the redeveloped Outpatient area at the Hospice
by Marie Curie Cancer Care Chief Executive, Tom Hughes-Hallett.
He said: "I am delighted to be in Belfast today to greet
patients and see first-hand the difference the new Day Therapy
area will make to their lives."
To find out more about the 'Living Rooms
Appeal' or to make a donation please go to
www.mariecurie.org.uk/livingrooms, ring 9088 2044 to contact
Julie Thomas, Living Rooms Appeal Fundraising Manager, or at
Marie Curie Cancer Care, 60 Knock Rd, Belfast BT5 6LQ.