Duchess of Cambridge will help launch appeal for £10m children’s hospice in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 11:02 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 14 November 2014
The Duchess of Cambridge will help the dream of a £10m children’s hospice in Norfolk to become a reality, it can be revealed.
Vision for £10m hospice
The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices charity unveiled plans for a new £10m hospice in Norfolk this year.
It would be built on a greenfield site at Framingham Earl, subject to planning permission, and would signal the end of use of the charity’s Quidenham hospice, near Attleborough.
The current hospice has been caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families for more than 20 years.
Bosses from EACH said the listed hospice in the grounds of the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham, which has 47 staff, was becoming no longer fit for purpose and there was no scope to expand.
Plans have been drawn up by Suffolk-based architects, Barefoot and Gilles, for a replacement hospice at Framingham.
The architects firm designed the charity’s £3m Ipswich hospice, which was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge in March 2012.
EACH has a legal agreement in place with the option of buying the land and have had meetings with councillors from parish councils in Poringland, Framingham Pigot and Framingham Earl.
They have also met with some families who use their Quidenham hospice.
The proposals for Framingham Earl, which have been consulted on, include better accessibility and more family accommodation.
Kate Middleton, who is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Royal Patron, has given a huge boost to the charity’s appeal to build a new hospice in the heart of the county.
For it has been announced that Her Royal Highness will attend the launch of the fundraising drive at the Norfolk Showground.
Her appearance is set to put the profile of the campaign on a national stage, and make a real difference to the charity’s efforts.
Graham Butland, chief executive of EACH, said: “We’re really excited about the launch event as we’ve been working on this project for a long time behind the scenes and it’ll be great to finally share our vision publicly.
“Everyone at EACH is honoured and extremely proud to have the Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron and delighted that Her Royal Highness will be attending the launch event.
“The Duchess’s support continues to help us increase awareness and understanding of the care and support we provide, and in this instance, to highlight the need for a new children’s hospice in the heart of Norfolk.
“We’d like to thank everyone involved in the project so far.
“We’re over the first hurdle in gaining planning permission, but we’ve now got the challenge of encouraging the good people of Norfolk and beyond to help us raise the funds needed to build and equip the new hospice.”
EACH, which currently runs its Norfolk children’s hospice in Quidenham, will host the launch event on Tuesday, November 25 at the Norfolk Showground.
It will run from 11am until 2pm and will see hundreds of guests coming together to hear about the appeal.
Charity bosses hope to capture the imagination of guests and inspire them to help raise the £10m needed to make the project a reality.
To register or pledge your support for the appeal, contact the EACH Norfolk fundraising team on 01953 666767, write to EACH Fundraising, Suite 5, The Old Dairy, Elm Farm Business Park, Wymondham, NR18 0SW or email firstname.lastname@example.org