A long-running vision to bring a new hospice to Louth has finally become a reality after the new Louth and District Hospice proudly opened off the A16.
The new day hospice. which will be run by St Barnabas, comes after over 10 years of hard work and setbacks thanks to trustees who never gave up on their dream.
Built opposite the Fairfield Industrial Estate, the new hospice will provide day services and palliative care to people with terminal illnesses.
Speaking at the hospice’s first open day on Friday, director of patient care Jane Bake said: “The people of Louth can be very proud of the facility that they have provided for the community.
“It’s been a lot of hard work from a lot of people.”
The striking timber-style building contains six specialist care rooms, office space, leisure areas and a garden at the rear offering beautiful views over the Wolds.
It has been built on land donated by farmer Frank Nicholson and has been funded entirely by money raised by the community.
Hospice trustee Doreen Stephenson said: “It’s emotional but I’m very proud.
“The original volunteers that I worked with are still here and interested and want to share in the achievement.”
As well as care services, visitors will be able to interact through art groups and social activities through an appointment system.
At present the new hospice will open one day a week, on Tuesdays, but hopes are being harboured that that capacity can be increased soon to two or three days each week.
Mrs Stephenson said: “The vision is to provide a full range of palliative care services, this is the first step towards that.
“We do have the option to go further, we will be looking at all the different options that present themselves.”
Jane Bake continued: “It’s about people regaining as much independence as they can, it’s not just social support.
“The place has a lovely, light, bright feeling.
“It’s easy to think it’s just a building but it isn’t, a lot of efforts needs to go into making it right.”
The original plans for the hospice were born in the early 2000s, but volunteers ran into a problems over the years and the size of the proposed site was reduced to save costs.
Last May the then chairman of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Stan Avison, turned over the first piece of soil as work began on the site.