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Halton Haven day hospice to be demolished as service relocated on site

Halton Haven’s day hospice is to be demolished with management citing wear and tear and a commitment to “health and safety”.

Viv Culleton, Halton Haven chief executive and manager, said the decision had not been taken lightly but issued an assurance that the service is being relocated within the remainder of the site.

In a statement issued on behalf of the board of trustees, executive team and colleague, she said the day hospice “prefab” building was “failing to be a suitable venue”, adding that “the health and safety of all involved is our priority”.

Viv said the hospice, which is based on Barnfield Avenue in Murdishaw, Runcorn, Cheshire, was working closely with stakeholders and NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, and Halton Haven leaders were committed to keeping the potential for disruption to a minimum.

Demolition of the day hospice will begin on Monday, January 24 and take about a week.

Viv said she apologised in advance for any inconvenience to patients, families, colleagues and other organisations affected.

She said that “on a positive note” the size of the hospice car park will increase, adding she was sure this would be welcomed by all.

Further changes are under way due to “wear and tear” the hospice has endured over the last 40 years.

Viv said: “Further to the demolition of day hospice it is our intention to reconfigure the current position of the kitchen within the hospice along with the passageway that currently connects the inpatient unit to the office areas.

“This work will be incorporated into stage two and stage three within the proposed schedule of work, again the changes are necessary due to some areas within the hospice showing significant wear and tear given the areas are nearly 40 years of age.

“Naturally this is going to prove very costly for the hospice, a consideration that has given rise to a great deal of discussion and concern.

“The hospice remains extremely grateful for the support it receives from the community , stakeholders and the CCG and will always strive to utilise funding and support we receive in the best interest of the community we serve.”

Fundraising events are to be drawn up to support future renovations.

Viv said: “In order to offset some of the unavoidable expense we are now faced with it is our intention to launch further fundraising events throughout the year and potentially introduce a campaign which will target specific structural alterations within the hospice.

“I reiterate daily I am eternally grateful for the support we receive from the residents of Runcorn and Widnes along with corporate support from local businesses.

“My confidence in your ongoing support, kindness, interest, participation and generosity is comforting and reassuring.

“Due to the necessity to move forward with stage two and three we are temporarily making alterations to how we provide certain in-house services, for example catering facilities, please be assured there will be a constant review of any measures we introduce to provide these services, the hospice is committed to providing our patients families and of course colleagues with the very best we have available to us.

“Finally, please be advised there has been a reconfiguration of our family support services in line with the contractual obligations held within our current service level agreement, we will continue to provide a pre and post bereavement service for hospice patients and families.

“My thanks in advance for your understanding and continuing support.”

Christmas Tree Collections raised a huge £10,000 for hospice

January 2022 saw over 800 Christmas trees across Halton and surrounding areas booked for collection and recycling organised by Halton Haven Hospice.

We work with national charity Just Helping to organise Christmas tree collections and together with support from volunteers and this year Frontline Couriers we coordinated and collected hundreds of trees in January in return for donations to the hospice.  

Collecting the trees not only takes away the hassle of disposing of them after the Christmas festivities but the fact that the trees are then recycled which is good for the environment and it also raises funds for the hospice to continue providing incredible care to those living with terminal illness in our local community means it’s a win – win!

The 2022 Christmas tree collection raised over £10,000 for the patients and families Halton Haven Hospice care for, a great start to the new year.

Hospice Santa Dash Great Success

Halton’s 10th Santa Dash saw hundreds of supporter’s don Santa suits & raise thousands on Sunday 12th December 2021.

The event started on Spike Island in Widnes where the Santa’s gathered to prepare to take to the streets & head over the closed Silver Jubilee Bridge in the winter sunshine to the sounds of local samba band Samba Mundo. The Santa’s dashed across the finish line in Runcorn & received their medal & a mince pie to more festive entertainment from The Rock Choir & Frodsham Silver Band.

Tina Gill, Community Fundraiser at Halton Haven Hospice said: “It was an amazing sight to see hundreds of Santa’s running over the bridge in support of our local hospice. It was great to see people out again doing something they enjoy!”

“We are absolutely thrilled with the amount of support we had for the Santa Dash & are so grateful that thousands of pounds have been raised from this much-loved event.”

“Thank you to event sponsor Quay Pharma & Halton Borough Councils event coordination team, your support helped us ensure success.”

A special thank you also goes to Anthony’s Travel, Hankin’s Old Fashioned Sweets, Sprakes & Sons, MJ Entertainments, KFit2Health, Widnes Wild Ice Hockey, The Rock Choir, Frodsham Silver Band, Samba Mundo, Moore Camera Club & Ten Lock Flight Pub.

All the money raised from the Santa Dash directly enables the Hospice to continue to provide a peaceful space, specialist care and support to our patients and their families.