We’ve chosen to support Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton this year, as well as Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge, and are really enjoying working at the Wolverhampton charity, where we are currently helping to create a feature using engraved bricks.
The sponsored brick scheme was launched as part of the hospice’s Raise the Roof Campaign, with the aim of collecting £1 million towards the impressive £3.5 million refurbishment works which were completed at Compton’s in-patient unit last summer.
The whole interior of the hospice building was redeveloped, to include 18 single, en-suite patient rooms, improving patient privacy and dignity, as well as redeveloped day care facilities and consulting and therapy areas.
More than 300 bricks and granite stones have now been sponsored by friends and relatives – raising a remarkable £38,000 – and engraved with the names of their loved ones who have passed away, to act as a lasting memorial to them.
The work already done within the grounds of the hospice, and the refurbishment itself is very impressive, and I have spent some time there recently to help me fully understand what is needed from the feature, and how it will fit into the existing scheme.
We plan to include some planting, for added interest and colour, and I’m hoping to incorporate some seating, so that people who sponsored the bricks will have a special place to come and sit, and remember their loved ones, and for patients to also use for quiet contemplation.
The feature will be unveiled at a special ceremony to mark the hospice’s 30th anniversary early in February, so we look forward to showing you the results of our work then.