DESIGNS for a new North Devon Hospice outreach centre in Holsworthy are to be officially unveiled to the public for the first time.
The building, named The Long House, will provide extra support for families in western Devon who are living with the challenges of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
It will be officially unveiled at an event in Holsworthy Memorial Hall on Wednesday when the public will get the chance to view the detailed designs for the bespoke building.
It will include spaces for one-to-one counselling, support groups, complementary therapies and outpatient clinics.
Stephen Roberts, chief executive of North Devon Hospice, said he was excited to be able to share the plans with local people.
He said: “A great deal of work has gone into getting us to this point, and we’ve been really excited to tell people about this project. We are thrilled to finally share these plans with the public.
“A comment we often hear when people visit North Devon Hospice for the first time, is that it’s like walking into a big hug, because it feels so supportive and safe.
“That is what we want to achieve with The Long House and it has been fantastic working to come up with building designs to make that possible.”
The new building will be sited next to the existing GP surgery and Holsworthy Community Hospital.
“We’re grateful to Holsworthy Medical Centre for making this possible,” Stephen said. “It means we will all be able to work together closely to provide the very best patient care.”
Tomorrow’s launch will take place between 3pm and 6.30pm, and will give residents the chance to view the detailed plans and meet the team who will be based at the new building.
To make the project a reality, the hospice is calling for the support of the community and will be launching The Long House Appeal.
Stephen explained: “There are a number of ways in which you can contribute towards the project, including fundraising or volunteering, and I hope to see plenty of people there.
“The early reaction to this project has been overwhelmingly positive, so we are sure that people in western Devon will get behind it.”
For more information about the appeal, which will be launched on April 30, visit www.northdevonhospice.org.uk or call Ali Hunt on 01271 347206.