Building work on Southend’s only adult hospice has officially started on a new site which will care for twice as many people.
On Monday 8th October the first official dig took place for a new Fair Havens Hospice during a ‘Turning of the Sod’ ceremony at the new site in Priory Crescent, Southend. Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, had the honour of making the first dig alongside Sophie Gander, 24, from Southend, whose Mum Pauline was cared for at Fair Havens before she died there on 10thMay 2013.
The ceremony took place following a blessing of the site by Bishop Stephen Cottrell and words from founder of Fair Havens Hospice, Daphne Hall MBE; Chair of the Trustees, Richard Player, and Sophie Gander.
Barnes is constructing the hospice which when finished early in 2020 will provide approximately 2,750m² of single and two storey accommodation including 16 patient bedrooms.