Glasgow’s City Building LLP apprentices have shown their backing for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s Brick by Brick Appeal to build a new hospice in Bellahouston Park – in bricks and mortar.
The big-hearted staff at the organisation, long-time supporters of the hospice, have raised £10,000 after holding a charity football match, golf tournament, sponsored walks and bake offs.
They pledged to raise the money after joining the hospice’s innovative 50/10 Club – a group of 50 businesses each raising £10,000 to pay for the atrium area in the new build.
“This is a fantastic donation which will have a lasting effect on our new hospice,” said Heather Manson, the hospice’s director of fundraising.
“The first visit to a hospice can be a daunting experience for patients and families. The atrium will be at the heart of the hospice and will offer a warm welcome and a sense of home.
“It has been designed to be a comfortable yet practical environment with seating and a fireplace where patients and families can relax and spend time together.”
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice provides specialist palliative care for those living with terminal and life-limiting illness. It has outgrown its home, in four townhouses in Carlton Place in the city centre, and is now building a new hospice in Bellahouston Park. Building work starts this summer and patients will move in 2018.
“Our people have an excellent track record of fundraising for a range of very deserving causes. The hospice is a charity which is very close to their hearts and we’re extremely proud that their efforts have raised such an impressive sum to support the appeal,” said Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building LLP.
City Building LLP is currently training 350 apprentices across all construction trades making it the largest employer of apprentices in Scotland. Its award-winning training academies are the most successful apprentice training centres in Scotland.
One of Scotland’s largest construction companies, City Building LLP was established in 2006 from the former building services department of Glasgow City Council to provide a range of repairs and maintenance, construction and refurbishment activities across the public, private and third sectors. It has delivered more than £50million in cash surplus over the past 10 years, all of which was returned to Glasgow City Council for investment in frontline services.
The £21m Brick by Brick Appeal will fund the building of the new hospice, which will be a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services for the people of Glasgow. For the first time, patients aged 15 years and above will receive care, making the hospice the first in Scotland to transition young people to adult services