North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister Edwin Poots of a substantial contribution of £2.7million towards the Northern Ireland Hospice redevelopment appeal.
Speaking after attending the announcement at the Somerton House, site of the new-build project, Mr Dodds said: “The announcement of this funding is very good news indeed. The Hospice has been a shining beacon of care and support for families for almost 30 years. I have greatly valued its location in my North Belfast constituency. I know how much it is appreciated by families who have been supported with palliative and end of life care for a loved one.
“I recently raised the issue of the Hospice new-build appeal in a meeting with the Health Minister. He assured me that he was pursuing the potential for a contribution from his Department and I warmly welcome the announcement of this substantial capital investment.”
He added: “Along with contributions from Belfast City Council, Newtownabbey Borough Council and others, this grant is a major boost to the Hospice’s appeal which seeks to raise £11m for a new facility at Somerton House. I welcome that other public and private bodies, community and voluntary sector groups and individuals and families are continuing to support the ‘buy-a-brick’ campaign and I encourage each and every contribution. This is a very worthy project and is very worthy of support.”
The new hospice facility will provide 18 beds in single en-suite rooms with supporting facilities for staff, families and volunteers; a new day hospice facility capable of sustaining the current level of support and clinical interventions in an enhanced environment; a dedicated education and resource centre and on-site parking.