Final push needed to renovate hospice

Toby Meredith (Media Porduction Manager, University of Portsmouth), Liz Hawes (Research Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust), and Simon Toh (Consultant Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust)

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THE walls are nearly all plastered, the roof is tiled, windows fitted, and heating system installed – a children’s hospice refurbishment is almost complete.

Work to renovate Naomi House, near Winchester, began in June last year and staff at the hospice expect children and families to be able to stay there from September.

However the charity still has nearly £1m to raise, including £250,000 to fund a new garden.

Many of the children’s bedrooms have been made one-third larger and additional en-suite bathrooms have been built.

The hospice also has an enlarged sensory play room, flexible spaces for arts and crafts, music therapy, messy play and story time.

The most visible change is the creation of the new ‘hub’ which comprises a dining room for families, lift access to family accommodation, a spiritual space with a roof garden and a bridge that links Naomi House and Jacksplace, a centre for teenagers, for the first time.

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