Volunteers and staff at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton mark anniversary of new building

Former Matron, Pauline Mallard and Hospice Service Manager, Jackie Phillips remember the challenges of moving to the new building
Former Matron, Pauline Mallard and Hospice Service Manager, Jackie Phillips remember the challenges of moving to the new building
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Cynthia Spencer Hospice has been celebrating 10 years since the opening of its new building.

A party was held earlier this month where those who were involved in raising funds to construct the building as well as staff and volunteers met together to celebrate the hospice and the work that it does.

John Helm, fundraising manager at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity, said: “We are still enormously thankful to those who worked extremely hard 10 years ago fundraising to raise money needed to construct and open the new Cynthia Spencer Hospice building.

“The generosity of the people of Northamptonshire made our new building possible and their continued generosity has helped us thrive. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and celebrate the achievements of the hospice over the last decade”

Richard Glasspool, service manager for specialist palliative care for Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The new building has given us a wonderful platform to develop our services over the last 10 years and help us to care for even more patients in Northamptonshire at the end of their life. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the hospice charity over the next 10 years and beyond.”

The first building for Cynthia Spencer Hospice was opened in 1976 as an inpatient facility of 25 beds. At the time Cynthia Spencer Hospice was one of the first modern hospices in the country. A day unit was added in 1985 however by the late 1990s it soon became clear that the facilities at the Hospice fell well below those needed to provide a modern and acceptable standard of care. The sale of part of the land on which the hospice stood combined with a £1.5 million fundraising campaign saw the construction of the hospice as we know it today.

For more information on Cynthia Spencer Hospice, or to make a donation, visit www.cynthiaspencer.org.uk.