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Fire at St Michael's Hospice

On the night of the fire our nursing team were true heroes, and we are so grateful to them for getting all our patients out of the Hospice. We are also incredibly grateful to all the emergency services who attended and the residents of Hastings and Rother for their assistance and support Celia Pyke-Lees, Chief Executive

In July 2015 a devastating fire broke out at our beloved Hospice in St Leonards on Sea. The fire destroyed a large area of the building, mostly affecting patient areas. As a phoenix rises from the flames, so too will the Hospice and we will take this opportunity to undertake extensive refurbishment to create a modern Hospice truly‘fit for the future’.

The Hospice needs to raise £1,000,000 by the end of 2016 towards the rebuild costs. This is in addition to the £10,000 we need to raise each and every day to run the Hospice and all our services.

Following the fire, most of the Hospice building has remained closed, although administrative staff have returned to the upper floors. Our In-Patient Unit has been temporarily relocated to a modern built nursing home, Hastings Court on The Ridge in Hastings, where we pay for rooms so our dedicated medical and nursing teams can continue to care for our patients.

“We pride ourselves on being an extremely ambitious Hospice, and we are delighted to announce that our Board of Trustees has approved the spend to redevelop the Hospice building, meaning we will be able to relocate our in-patients over two floors rather than the previous three. This will be of great benefit to the patients as all rooms will be private with their own ensuite wet rooms rather than some patients being placed in shared (or multiple occupancy) wards. It will maximise patient space and enable easier access around the building for patients and their visitors. The redevelopment costs will be covered in part by our own reserves and reimbursement from our insurance company as well as the Phoenix Appeal.” Irene Dibben, Chairman, St Michael’s Hospice.

If we are in the fortunate situation of raising in excess of £1million from the Phoenix Appeal, all additional funds will be put towards the wider costs of the capital build project, the total cost of which will be in the region of £4million.

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