October 23rd, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice
Les Bourgs Hospice has completed its Redevelopment Appeal and raised the £4 million needed to replace the hospice with a purpose-built facility.
At the start of 2010, Les Bourgs launched Guernsey’s biggest ever fundraising appeal to demolish the old building and develop a hospice facility fit for the 21st century.
With a target of £4 million, chairman of the board of governors Mike Tanguy called upon the generosity of islanders to help them achieve it.
“It’s taken us three years but I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal is now closed.”
“It is extremely humbling for me to make that announcement as we couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of Guernsey residents who have taken this appeal to their hearts and helped us raise more money for one charitable project than has ever been raised in Guernsey before,” he said.
“From everyone involved with the hospice, the board of governors, the staff, the Friends and the volunteers, we have to thank every person, whether they gave £1 or thousands. They have ensured that islanders with life-limiting illnesses have use of what is a truly fabulous facility,” he said.
In June 2012, the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice launched its third Million Pound Lottery and it had been hoped to raise the remaining £400,000 from the profit of ticket sales.
At the draw on Saturday 20 October 2012 it was announced that around 200 tickets had not been sold and so the full amount had not been raised.
“Despite that, our accountant has today confirmed that because we have received donations over the last few months, the outstanding amount had been reduced already. So, thanks to the hard work of Jack Honeybill and the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice, we have been able to use the profits from the lottery to cover the outstanding amount and still have money left which will go towards the £700,000 annual running costs,” said Mr Tanguy.
“I want to personally thank Jack Honeybill and his team for their tireless commitment and energy. They give up literally thousands of hours each year to help raise the money needed for the running costs and have been instrumental in helping us reach the Redevelopment Appeal total.”
The new Les Bourgs Hospice, which retains the name of Andrew Mitchell House, welcomed its first patients at the beginning of January 2012.
The building includes seven ground floor, single occupancy bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms and direct access onto their own patios.
There is also a lounge area, a consulting room for outpatient use, three specially equipped bathrooms/wet rooms, a central nurses’ station and office and a quiet room.
The new day hospice facilities, which will offer respite care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, has the ability to open five days a week and includes a day room, a complementary therapy room for aromatherapy and reflexology, a specially equipped bathroom and a private terrace with outside dining area.
The main hospice facilities and the day hospice are complemented by a chapel, beautiful landscaped gardens and a modern kitchen.
“As demand for the services offered by Les Bourgs increased, it became increasingly obvious that the original building was no longer fit for purpose and had reached the end of its life,” said Jo Boyd, director of nursing.
“The cost to renovate the building was simply too expensive and so the decision was made to demolish it and build a state of the art facility in its place. Since we moved in just over nine months ago, we have been able to help so many more people through the hospice and the day hospice,” she said.
“It is a pleasure for me to be able to come to work every day and provide the services we do to the community which has done so much for us.”
Mr Tanguy added that the fundraising efforts would go on as the running costs totalled £700,000 a year.
“We receive no financial support from the States of Guernsey and so rely totally on the generosity of the people of Guernsey. While raising £4 million is obviously a huge achievement and one which should be celebrated, the work goes on,” he said.