A West Norfolk charity is gearing up to launch a major campaign to help give people greater choice on where they want to die.

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The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House is moving into a full-service hospice in Hillington, near King’s Lynn, next year which will provide 12 in-patient beds.

The new hospice, along with the charity’s Hospice at Home team, will help the charity give a more complete service to more people in West Norfolk, North Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire.

But the charity needs to raise £750,000 between now and December 2013 to ensure patients can take advantage of the new hospice and other services straight away.

The charity will tomorrow launch a fundraising campaign called the Seahorse Appeal, which is being backed by the EDP.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Richard Shaw, the charity’s chief executive, said: “People want to have the choice to die at home and most people don’t want to die in hospital.

“For us, our work is all about providing a painfree, dignified end to someone’s life while also supporting their families.”

*See tomorrow’s EDP for full story about the Seahorse Appeal and what it could mean for patients

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