Les Bourgs Hospice relies on the generosity of islanders

June 21st, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice

As of 13 June 2012 Les Bourgs Hospice’s Redevelopment Appeal has just £400,000 left to raise to reach its £4 million target.

A number of substantial bequests and donations have been recently received to take the amount left to raise to less than half a million pounds.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed that the Guernsey public have been so generous in helping us reach this milestone. When we launched the fundraising initiative in 2010, we knew that it was an almost impossible ask to raise £4 million but islanders have proved to us how important Les Bourgs Hospice is to them. It is extremely humbling for everyone involved to have this incredible support,” said chairman of the board of governors Mike Tanguy.

Although the first patients moved in earlier this year, the Redevelopment Appeal, which was backed by The Guernsey Press, still had more than £1 million to raise and there is an additional £750,000 needed per annum for operational costs.

“Les Bourgs Hospice receives no financial support from the States of Guernsey and so relies on the generosity of islanders and the sterling work of the Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice who give so much time and effort year in and year out,” said Mr Tanguy.

The new hospice features 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.

“Just seeing how much of a difference the new building has made to our staff and to those islanders with life limiting illnesses who have benefited from the facilities, makes all of the hard work worthwhile.”

“Although we have reached a significant milestone in having less than half a million pounds to go, we still face the challenge of raising £400,000 for the redevelopment appeal and the £750,000 needed each year to provide the services we do,” said director of nursing Jo Boyd.

It is hoped that the final amount needed to reach the fund raising total will be raised though the Million Pound Lottery which was launched in April. Already 1,000 of the 5,000 tickets have been sold for the draw, which is due to be held on World Hospice Day on 13 October 2012.

Five prizes from £10,000 up to £1 million will be drawn and tickets priced £300 each are available to buy from:

  • NatWest in High Street, St Peter Port between 10 am and 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
  • From Les Bourgs shop on the Bridge from 10 am until 2 pm on Monday to Saturday
  • Le Friquet Garden Centre from 6 pm to 8 pm on Fridays and 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays.

Tickets can also be purchased from chairman of the Friends of Les Bourgs Jack Honeybill by emailing jackhoneybill @hotmail.com or sending a cheque payable to Les Bourgs Hospice to Jacinthe, Bukit Estate, St Sampson’s, GY2 4GF.

The Million Pound Lottery is the chance for one islander’s dreams to come true, and for it to raise enough money to reach the Redevelopment Appeal target would be a dream come true for everyone involved with Les Bourgs,” said chairman of the Friends of Les Bourgs Jack Honeybill.

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