Overgate gets £164 share of funding

Staff at Overgate Hospice Day Centre, Elland. Pictured are Freddie Brougham, Liz Bradley, Jane Phillips, Teena Attiwell, Sue Greenwood and Kelly Marshall.
Staff at Overgate Hospice Day Centre, Elland. Pictured are Freddie Brougham, Liz Bradley, Jane Phillips, Teena Attiwell, Sue Greenwood and Kelly Marshall.
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The Government has made £60 million available to improve care environments in hospices.

Overgate Hospice at Elland has been awarded £164,863 and The West Yorkshire Forget-Me-Not Trust based at Huddersfield but which covers Calderdale gets £51,976.

Laura Golding, appeals manager at Overgate, welcomed the money for which the hospice had to apply for.

“We spoke to staff, patients and their relatives to seek their views about possible improvements to the building and our services,” she said.

The momey will be spent on buying therapy equipment for the day hospice.

There will also be decorative improvements carried out inside the premises.

Announcing the successful projects, which included 19 hospices in the Yorkshire and Humber region, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “This extra funding will help bring hospices up-to-date, so staff can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness.

“Patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”

Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects that directly benefit patients and have a tangible impact on the physical environment.

David Prail, chief executive of Help the Hospices said: “Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve. Together, we face the challenge to ensure people receive the best possible care at the end of life.”