Palliative Care East Appeal just �30k short of �1.5m target

BUILDERS are putting yellow render onto the Louise Hamilton Centre, as funds stand just �30,000 from the �1.5m target.

Dedicated fundraisers have been campaigning for the Palliative Care East appeal since 2006, and after more than half a decade of effort the centre at the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) is almost complete.

The centre is being designed by Norwich-based LSI Architects who have crafted the central space as a dramatic curving shape resembling an upturned boat –a reminder of the scheme’s seaside context and of the notion of an “ark” as a place of refuge.

It is set to open in December this year and is expected to be used by 10,000 people a year, supporting those with terminal illness and their loved ones.

And the hard work of fundraisers has made the build possible.

Martin Pennell completed a skydive with Andy Daniels in memory of his friend Martin Griggs earlier this year.

He presented the resulting cheque - for �1,350 - to palliative care nurse Sarah McGeady last month.

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Mark Munnings completed a 72-hole charity golf game to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He visited to the JPH to present the cheque to members of the palliative care team and Bert and Maureen Collins representing the local Macmillan Committee.

Maureen and Bert Collins, Ruth Walsh – palliative care specialist nurse, Mark Munnings, Jane Beales – palliative care specialist nurse, Bev Chilson – occupational therapist with the team and Dr Bernadette August – trust specialist in palliative care were at the handover.

Events are planned throughout the year to continue to raise funds for Palliative Care East:

On Thursday, October 4 there will be a demonstration and lunch with Mark Gee at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club. Tickets cost �20.

On Thursday, October 25 there will be a Bond Premier Night at the Hollywood Cinema in Great Yarmouth.

On Sunday, November 4 there is a Circus Starr event.

On Tuesday, December 4 there will be a Trolley Dash at Morrisons in Gorleston.

Organisers are selling raffle tickets throughout the year for the trolley dash.

First prize is �250, second prize is a luxury Christmas hamper, and third prize is a luxury Christmas hamper.