Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium, based in Ellough near Beccles, have presented local charity, East Coast Hospice, with a cheque for £7000 to be used to support the charity appeal in raising the funds to build an independent 10-bedded hospice with supporting day care services for the people of the Gt Yarmouth and Waveney on the charities owned 7.54 acre site. The tranquil area of land on Sidegate Road, Hopton has full planning permissions in place and the charity is now on its final push to raise the funds to start the build as soon as is possible.
The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
This is the first donation that the Memorial Park has given to the East Coast Hospice and the donation will support the capital build appeal. Great Yarmouth and Waveney are the last area in the country that does not have an adult independent hospice accessible within its community.
Margaret Chadd House, as the hospice will be called, will provide a supporting, caring, holistic environment giving peace, dignity and choice for both patients and their families from diagnosis to end of life.
The plans for the site have been designed with patients at the forefront of the vision.
East Coast Hospice will once built, provide the highest level of care using the most up to date equipment, highly trained and experienced staff, be spacious and welcoming and the design and construction has been planned to care for the environment.
Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium Manager, Richard Houston said: ‘We are pleased to be able to support the East Coast Hospice appeal as its ‘Vision’ moves closer to becoming a much needed ‘Reality’ for the community
Photo: Richard Houston, Manager of Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium presents a cheque for £7000 to Andrea King, Head of Community Fundraising, East Coast Hospice.