Giving Back: Hugo Stevenson, Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity
Construction of the new hospice, close to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, began in February 2022. It replaces the Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Unthank Road and will build on 44 years of outstanding care given to thousands of people around the county.
It is thanks to the remarkable generosity of fundraisers and organisations in Norfolk and beyond, and support from an army of volunteers, that the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity completed the fundraising necessary to build the new facility.
The new building is home to a state-of-the-art palliative care unit. As well as inpatient beds, a day unit and a wellbeing centre, the facility will provide a hub for community-based services, enabling more people to receive care in their own homes.
Gardens at the eight-acre site will make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of patients and loved ones. Each inpatient room has direct access to a private garden area, with doors wide enough for beds to be taken outside. Communal areas such as the café, lounges and chapel lead onto and overlook a central courtyard, enjoying views of the wider landscape.
More people will receive the best possible end-of-life care at the new centre, as it will provide increased choice and access to specific services when needed. The Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity has worked with partners within the NHS, as well as other institutions and charities, to help provide better coordination of services, and to ensure these are focused on patients and their families.
The charity remains committed to enhancing the experience of patients and their loved ones, supplementing the core services, which will continue to be funded and delivered by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.
We continue to fundraise to deliver a comprehensive bereavement service, the cornerstone of holistic care provided by a hospice. We will also fund improved catering and the upkeep and enhancement of the beautiful gardens.
Future plans include supporting additional services such as art and music therapy, specialist equipment, and patient and family transport. Research, education and training will also be supported by the charity.
The 500 Club
The business community can continue to support the charity by joining the recently formed 500 Club. This enables local businesses to work together and pledge support by raising funds, providing volunteers or pro bono services.
We are incredibly grateful to every donor, supporter and volunteer who has helped to provide a bespoke hospice set within a stunning environment, which provides the people of Norfolk with the end-of-life care they deserve.
Photos of Priscilla Bacon Hospice taken by Mike Page