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Patients, staff, fundraisers and volunteers at the heart of bid for new £12.5m hospice for Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 21:39 27 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:15 05 March 2019

Lady Bacon speaking to Rt Revd Graham James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Lady Bacon speaking to Rt Revd Graham James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

The ambitious bid to raise £12.5m to build a much-needed new hospice for Norfolk got off to a roaring start on Wednesday night, as emotional stories were told to underline the importance of the venture.

Sir Nicholas Bacon at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodSir Nicholas Bacon at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

In central Norfolk there are currently only 16 specialist palliative beds - all at Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich - when it is recommended the area should have between 41 and 59.

So there is an urgent need for expansion and modernisation as the population of Norfolk has grown threefold since it was built 40 years ago.

It is hoped that will come in the shape of a new state-of-the-art Priscilla Bacon Hospice, built close to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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And around 300 supporters packed the John Innes Centre on Wednesday night to officially launch the bid to raise £12.5m to build the facility.

Mark Nicholas at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodMark Nicholas at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Speeches were heard from Lady Bacon, whose mother-in-law the current lodge and new hospice are named after, as well as Priscilla, Lady Bacon’s, son Sir Nicholas who presented The Rt Reverend Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich with a snowdrop named after his mother to thank him for his service to the charity.

Mark Nicholas, chief executive of the charity, said the venture was all about people, from those who use the service, to fundraisers, staff, and volunteers.

For 28 years Rachel Adriano owned restaurant Adriano’s Trattoria in London Street, Norwich, with her husband Armando ‘Andy’ Adriano.

But in 2010, Mr Adriano was diagnosed with terminal cancer; a diagnosis that was to change their lives forever.

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Part way through Mr Adriano’s palliative care treatment, the pair were made aware of the Rowan Day Unit at Priscilla Bacon Lodge and Mr Adriano went every Friday for the next two years.

Mrs Adriando said: “What a wonderful place it was. Volunteers working alongside clinicians, nurses, health care assistants, occupational therapists. The atmosphere was so special – humour, love, kindness, time for all, the list goes on. I was just in awe of everyone helping in their own way to make the lives of the patients coming from their homes every week easier. They took part in activities if they wanted to. It wasn’t sad; except, as expected, when there were deaths.”

Mr Adriano died in Priscilla Bacon Lodge in March 2014. Mrs Adriano was offered bereavement counselling there, a year later, she decided to volunteer at the lodge

“It has been the happiest, most rewarding thing I have ever done,” she said. “I love seeing our patients, making them welcome and comfortable. We do activities, I’m not an arty person but I try and often patients teach me things.”

Rachel Adriano, who volunteers for Priscilla Bacon Lodge after her husband Armando ‘Andy’ Adriano died there in 2014. Photo: Rachel AdrianoRachel Adriano, who volunteers for Priscilla Bacon Lodge after her husband Armando ‘Andy’ Adriano died there in 2014. Photo: Rachel Adriano

In 2017, when she learnt about the plans to build a new hospice and the need to raise funds and awareness for the campaign, she wanted to find out how she could help.

She discovered there was a lack of collection tins placed in the county and took on the challenge of upping the number, and has placed over 200 so far, in a wide variety of locations.

• To donate, visit www.priscillabaconhospice.org.uk/support-us/donate/ or to donate offline contact Priscilla Bacon Hospice on enquiries@priscillabaconhospice.org.uk or by writing to 9-11 Drayton High Road, Norwich NR8 6AH.

Rachel and Armando Adriano celebrate the Trattoria's 20th anniversary. Photo: Paul HewittRachel and Armando Adriano celebrate the Trattoria's 20th anniversary. Photo: Paul Hewitt

Artist's impression of the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice. Photo: Priscilla Bacon HospiceArtist's impression of the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice. Photo: Priscilla Bacon Hospice

Lady Bacon speaking at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodLady Bacon speaking at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Sir Nicholas Bacon speaking at the launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodSir Nicholas Bacon speaking at the launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Rt Revd Graham James speaking at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodRt Revd Graham James speaking at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

David Whiteley at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodDavid Whiteley at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Lady Bacon speaking to Rt Revd Graham James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodLady Bacon speaking to Rt Revd Graham James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Rt Revd Graham James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodRt Revd Graham James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

(L-R) Julie James, Rt Revd Graham James, Robert Carter, Lady Bacon and Mark Nicholas at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood(L-R) Julie James, Rt Revd Graham James, Robert Carter, Lady Bacon and Mark Nicholas at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Robert Carter at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodRobert Carter at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Julian Wells at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodJulian Wells at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Julian Wells at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodJulian Wells at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Julie James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodJulie James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

(L-R) Sir Nicholas Bacon, Julie James and Rt Revd Graham James on stage at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood(L-R) Sir Nicholas Bacon, Julie James and Rt Revd Graham James on stage at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

(L-R) Lady Bacon, Sir Nicholas Bacon, Rt Revd Graham James, Julie James, Anna Dugdale, Robert Carter and Mark Nicholas at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood(L-R) Lady Bacon, Sir Nicholas Bacon, Rt Revd Graham James, Julie James, Anna Dugdale, Robert Carter and Mark Nicholas at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Sir Nicholas Bacon at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodSir Nicholas Bacon at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

(L-R) Sir Nicholas Bacon, Julie James and Rt Revd Graham James on stage at the launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood(L-R) Sir Nicholas Bacon, Julie James and Rt Revd Graham James on stage at the launch of the £12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

David Whiteley presenting at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodDavid Whiteley presenting at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Robert Carter at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodRobert Carter at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Rt Revd Graham James and Julie James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodRt Revd Graham James and Julie James at the launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

The launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodThe launch of the �12 million Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

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