An artist's impression of the new Nelson Tasman Hospice that will be built in Stoke. Photo: File.

Hospice given $500k for new facility

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Nelson Tasman Hospice has just received a huge boost to its building fund for a new facility in Stoke.

Pub Charity has donated $566,366 to the capital fundraising campaign for the new building which is due to be completed in early 2019.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been donated this generous amount from Pub Charity which is a welcome boost to our fundraising campaign,” Nelson Tasman Hospice Chief Executive Frans Dellebeke says.

“It will go a long way to help us achieve our target.”

The total estimated cost of the new home for hospice is $11.5 million.

The hospice is contributing $7.5 million to the project and that leaves $1.5 million to raise through grants and in-kind donations on the build and $2.5 million from the community.

Grants donated so far total over $800,000 which includes the recent announcement of $250,000 from the Rata Foundation.

The hospice cares for over 155 patients at any one time with most being looked after in their own homes.

The design for the new hospice includes 10 patient units, consulting rooms, space for families to spend time together, as well as outdoor areas.

It will also include storage for the hospice equipment that is used in the community.