Ambitious plans are unveiled for a state-of-the-art hospice

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A NEW £12m hospice could be built.

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to move St Wilfrid’s Hospice from Donnington, near Chichester, to Bosham.

The charity has bought land in the village in Walton Lane.

The proposals are subject to planning permission and St Wilfrid’s trustees say a new, larger hospice is essential after outgrowing the current site.

Angela Wormald, chairwoman of trustees, said: ‘St Wilfrid’s Hospice prides itself on the excellence of its services and a new building with greater space and lower running costs will enable us to continue to do this for more patients for many more years to come.

‘The present site has been our home for over 27 years but the building is now too small and redeveloping the site is not a cost-effective option for the long term.

‘We see this as a superb opportunity to take the vision of our founders forward. We hope to gain the support of our local community to help us to achieve our plans for the future.’

The current hospice has 14 patient beds and the new building would have 18 larger en-suite rooms, with the potential of increasing to 21.

If approved by Chichester District Council, the money will need to be found well in advance of the proposed completion date of autumn 2017.

Trustee Michael Bevis said: ‘We do have some funds set aside for this project from our reserves but we are also going to have to launch a major fundraising appeal.’