ST Luke’s Hospice is proceeding with a programme of refurbishment works thanks to funding from the Veolia North Thames Trust (VNTT).
The hospice, which serves a local population of 350,000 people, will use the Â£7000 grant to renovate old therapy rooms which have been replaced by the recently opened new day therapy unit. The rooms will be used to continue to provide a wide range of services that includes physiotherapy and complementary medicine.
Founded in 1983, St Luke’s provides the highest standards of specialist medical, psychological and spiritual care for residents of Basildon and Thurrock who have an advanced progressive disease. They also support the patients’ families and carers, providing counselling and access to social care professionals and chaplains. The multi-professional care team have twice been recipients of the Basildon Business Award and the Thurrock Community Award.
St Luke’s External Funding Manager, Alison Jones, said “We are very pleased to receive this support from the VNTT. It costs over Â£4million each year to run St Luke’s and fundraising is key to us continuing to serve local people and to offer a wide range of services and facilities to the community, both individuals and groups. I should like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all our supporters”.
This is the third project that VNTT has supported at Luke’s. The Trust has previously provided Â£7,500 for new marquees and Â£56,000 for its new annexe.
Doug Benjafield, Chair of VNTT, said, “Everyone in the local community is aware of the outstanding work undertaken by the team at St Luke’s. The Trustees and I were very pleased to be able to assist them again”.
Other local projects to receive VNTT funding from the recent meeting of Trustees include St Catherine’s Church, Wickford, which received Â£5000 to repair its historic lych-gate.