Brand new Marie Curie Hospice about to open

By Liz Cottier
Hospice Manager

Hospice Manager Liz Cottier

I am very excited to announce that our brand new £20 million hospice for the West Midlands is about to open.

As I write, staff, nurses and volunteers are busy packing and loading everything that's moving down the road from the old hospice at 911 Warwick Rd to the beautiful new purpose built one in Marsh Lane.

I can’t wait to welcome patients, families, staff, volunteers and health professionals into the new hospice at the weekend. It will be an emotional moment seeing the first people step into our wonderful new facility. Above all, I am so pleased and proud that we can now offer more privacy and dignity to our patients, as well as facilities designed specifically for families. The purpose built hospice will enable staff to care for our patients in such better surroundings; it really is a fantastic environment for our staff to work in.

The hospice in numbers

A look at the new hospice in numbers shows just what a big job it’s been. It has taken over 18 months and 140,000 man hours of construction to build the hospice, using 90,000 bricks to form the 165 rooms. Marie Curie has had to raise £7 million locally to build and equip the hospice and amazing support from the public, local businesses, schools and groups means the charity now has only the last £1 million still to raise.

Still more to do

Although we are opening the hospice to patients now our fundraising appeal will continue until we raise the final £1 million, so we’d invite everyone to help us at this crucial time. The final £1 million is going to be the toughest to raise, a bit like the last mile of a marathon to run, so we hope our supporters can help us reach the finish line with one final push.

Visit the BIG build page on our website to find out how you can get involved

Come and take a look

The new hospice has a café adjoining the foyer area which is open to all so we do hope that over the coming months many locals will pop in for a cup of tea and enjoy a view of this beautiful building, which their efforts have helped build for the West Midlands.