Famed presenter surveys the scene at hospices’ new home

CELEBRITY patron of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, Michael Aspel OBE, donned his hard hat and hi-vis jacket for a tour around the charities’ new complex in Goldsworth Park recently.

Well, that is to say Michael and partner Irene Clark were given a tour around the construction site from which the 20-bedroom facility will spring ready for a grand opening in 2017.

Along with senior management from the hospices’ Marketing & Fundraising Team, the popular TV presenter witnessed builders at work transforming the disused office block in Denton Way into a state-of-the-art facility.

Lending his support to the campaign, Michael said: “It was a perfect day for being on a building site – damp and muddy.

“I was impressed by the way builders and architects have got together to solve the day-to-day problems and adjustments that have come their way. But things are looking good.

“I was fascinated by the foundations of the lift – so complicated, with all the latest techniques in use, which is very reassuring.”

Thanks to support from local funders, businesses, trusts and foundations, the charities have so far been able to raise the first 60% of the project costs with which to begin the build.

However, there is a further £3.4 million still to find, and so a public New Build Appeal is all set to be launched at the end of this month to ask for support to raise the final sum.

Members of the community who have questions about the plans for the new facility are welcome to attend a Q&A session that is being held at Goldsworth Park Hospice Shop on 22 February (12pm to 1pm).

Those who can’t make it can instead go to wsbhospices.co.uk for up to date news.

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