In August we completed our £4M capital building project; Building a Legacy. This project was never about bricks and mortar. It was about creating a Hospice that can meet the needs of a diverse and growing city. Now the diggers have gone and the fencing is down, we are settling into our new home and enjoying the many benefits it offers. 1
Dr Marjorie Reid and Dorothy Jell shared a vision for a Hospice to provide compassionate and personalised end of life care. The In-Patient Unit they established in 1981 gave local people the opportunity to be cared for in a way that hadn’t been possible before. For the past 40 years, we have continued to provide care for thousands of patients and their families.
Our ‘Building a Legacy’ project enables us to deliver 21st century Hospice care for local people. Our lakeside home has been developed and extended to give us the space to grow our services so they are fit for purpose to meet the changing needs of our patients, both now and in the future.
This project has extended and reconfigured our 15 bedroom In-Patient Unit to improve patient experience, giving all those in our care a private, light and airy bedroom with calming views over the Hospice gardens and tranquil Willen Lake. Patients now have access to an outdoor terrace, the majority directly from their bedrooms, where they can spend time with their relatives and friends.
Below the In-Patient Unit extension, on the lower ground floor, we have a fantastic new Wellbeing Centre. This flexible space offers ‘drop-in’ services and a variety of activities for outpatients.
The creation of new spaces for our Patient and Family Services means we can better support the whole family, including bespoke areas for us to support children and young people during a difficult time. This centre means we can help deliver our person-centred support to complement medical intervention by addressing the physical, emotional and social needs of patients and their families. Find out more about our Therapeutic and Wellbeing services here and how we help patients meet their goals to maintain an active life and in turn, improve their mental wellbeing and independence.
Our new kitchen and café allows us to produce nutritious meals for patients and enhanced meal facilities for their visitors. The new lake view lounge offers a family-friendly environment that allows patients and their families more space to spend crucial time together.
Thanks to Factotum Films for this wonderful birds-eye view of our newly extended Hospice.
This build project would not have been possible without the generous gift Shirley Hawes left Willen Hospice in her Will.
Her generosity will make a difference to hundreds of local people every year. By leaving a legacy to Willen Hospice, you too can change the future of hospice care in your local community.
We are very grateful to the following trusts and foundations who have provided funding to support this project:
|MK Community Foundation
The Jim Marshall Charitable Trust
The Wolfson Foundation
Hospital Saturday Fund
David and Jennifer Adams
The Balney Charitable Trust
Eden Financial and Wealth Management Limited
Jim and Gwen Mann
The Albert Hunt Trust
Bernard Sunley Foundation
The Inlight Trust
The Hobson Charity
Mazars Charitable Trust
Our new building includes a specially commissioned art installation, created by local artist Lufeianna, to recognise everyone who gave to this important project for the local community. Entitled ‘Eternal Ripples’ the mirror and mesh metal art is inspired by our beautiful lakeside location and celebrates the impact of an individual act of kindness. Just as a single pebble dropped into a lake can ripple onwards with far reaching effect, often beyond what our own eyes can see, a single donation to Willen Hospice can have a greater impact than any one of us can imagine, touching the lives of the many people who need our care as well as their families and friends.
Our new Corporate Partner wall also proudly thanks the businesses who support us.