New £10m EACH nook hospice taking shape six months after builders started work
PUBLISHED: 11:27 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 15 May 2018
MIKE PAGE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY/EACH
Six months after ground was first broken for a major new children’s hospice the £10m building is starting to take shape.
And this aerial picture by Mike Page shows how far building firm RG Carter has come in terms of the big build in Framingham Earl, close to Norwich.
It also reveals for the first time where the new and enhanced facilities, including a hydrotherapy pool, will be established within the nook hospice.
The nook will replace East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) Quidenham base.
Quidenham has supported thousands of children with life-threatening conditions, and their families, since 1991.
EACH launched its £10m nook appeal just over three years ago, with help from the charity’s patron the Duchess of Cambridge.
So far just under £8m has been raised - recently boosted by a £25,000 donation from the Norwich Freemen’s Charity.
Hannah Bloom, capital appeal project lead for the nook, said: “We’re really excited at how quickly the building of the nook is coming together. The walls have been built now and over the coming weeks the roof will be added to the ground floor.
“Now the building is taking shape we can get a feel for the size of the hospice and imagine staff and families making use of this wonderful facility.”
She added: “It really is fantastic to see our vision becoming a reality and now we have 12 months to raise the final two-and-a-bit million required – I’m confident that with the support of the community we can make this happen.”
The purpose-built nook hospice is on a five-acre site off Pigot Lane.
It is hoped the building work will be complete by March next year in preparation for children and families that summer.
The nook will be spread across a single floor, have more areas for clinical care, a hydrotherapy pool, a state-of-the-art sensory room, larger and better-equipped en-suite bedrooms, dedicated therapy rooms and much more.
It is hoped the vastly-improved facilities will mean EACH can reach even more than the 128 children and 219 family members it currently does from Quidenham.
To support the nook appeal visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook