Appeal for volunteers to bring the Lambert Hospital back into use as a hospice
Published on Friday, 8th November 2019
Residents of Thirsk are being urged to get involved in bringing the Lambert Hospital back into use as a hospice care community hub.
Herriot Hospice Homecare is keen to hear from anyone in Thirsk and the surrounding areas who would be interested in helping it move into its new permanent home.
This call comes after the charity was gifted the building thanks to the generosity and support of the local community and Hambleton District Council.
Chief executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare Tony Collins said: “It is very important to us that the community identified a need for palliative/hospice care in their area and that they thought of us to provide such a vital service.
“We are also delighted that the council backed this wish and we thank them for their generous contribution to the project, which will significantly increase the availability of hospice care services for local people.
“Now the hard work begins to realise this vision and we want the community to be involved and informed every step of the way.”
Tony added that the hospice will need the support of lots of different people including fundraisers, donors and volunteers to bring the building, which was closed to patients three year ago, back into use as a community asset, serving families across the Hambleton and Richmondshire district.
Therefore they are keen to hear from people interested in getting involved in supporting the project as it takes shape over the coming year.
The move will enable the charity to extend its well-loved home service, sitting and befriending and driving services.
Plans are also taking shape for new services including a community hub, outpatient service and a four bedded inpatient unit.
This comes after Hambleton District Council formally agreed to gift the former Lambert Hospital in Thirsk to Herriot Hospice Homecare in October, alongside a contribution of £90,000 towards the project.
Herriot Hospice has identified £600,000 of the £1.3m needed to convert the building and expect to secure the remainder over the coming months.
To register your interest in getting involved, visit www.herriothh.org.uk or call (01609) 777 413.