A Lincolnshire children’s hospice has shone the spotlight on its work – by lighting up St Wulfram’s Church.
The Grantham building was bathed in light recently by St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice as part of its #under1roof project, which has seen landmarks around the county take part.
Andy’s is based in Grimsby but provides free care for children and young people, aged from birth to 25, from
all over Lincolnshire including those in Grantham.
The hospice is celebrating the completion of a two-year £6.5 million redevelopment for both children and
adults at the hospice, and a new look for the charity.
Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation, said: “We’re so proud of our state-of-the-art facility, with so many important services under one roof for Lincolnshire, that we wanted to shout about it.”
“The county has some amazing and iconic landmarks, so we came up with the idea of lighting them up. I’m pleased to say they were delighted to be involved and it’s made a real impact on spreading the word about our
The hospice worked in partnership with Peri Johnson, of Grantham-based Periodic Events, who spent hours at
each location making sure the effect was as dramatic as possible.
He said: “I’m very happy to be supporting such a vital charity and worthy cause. The project has been
challenging and very exciting, and I’m looking forward to working with the hospice in the future.”
Other landmarks involved were Tattershall Castle and Grimsby’s Dock Tower.
After several years of planning and putting money aside, in 2014 the hospice began to redevelop its site to
ensure the community has the very best hospice facilities available anywhere. The building was originally a
social club and was converted in 1995.
Mrs Whenham-White added: “It served us well for 20 years, but it started to cost enormous amounts of money to maintain – money which is better used looking after patients.
“In March 2015, we officially opened the first phase of the project – a new adult hospice, increasing the
number of beds from eight to twelve, all en-suite. Now we are celebrating the completion of The Retreat, a
health and wellbeing centre and the second phase of the redevelopment.
“The Retreat includes a gym and exercise studio, resistance pool and treatment rooms, to enable our
therapists to keep patients independent and mobile for as long as possible.
“We can now deliver flexible services to a wider range of people, under one roof, and our new look celebrates
“We still need help from supporters to completely furnish The Retreat and also turn our attention to Andy’s.
Andy’s opened 15 years ago and is now in need of some TLC. It needs a new lounge and kitchen, decoration
throughout and a new play area.
“We receive just 12 per cent statutory annual funding, meaning we rely on supporters to continue providing
free care for children and young people from birth to 25, and adults with life-limiting illnesses.”
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