St Julia’s is one of two adult hospices run by the charity and opened in 1999, with further extensions added in 2011. The phased refurbishment is aimed at ensuring they comply with stringent infection control standards and will also make sure they are fit for purpose well in to the future. Debbie Henshaw is the charity’s Legacies, Trusts and Grants Officer;

“As a 24/7 charity providing intensive care for people will terminal illnesses we need to maintain the highest standards in all areas, including the surroundings in which patients stay. We’ve taken a phased approach to the refurbishment at St Julia’s Hospice, updating two rooms at a time. This very kind donation from the St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust will allow us to move forward with phase 2 and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Micci Cooper is the Administrator of the Brewery’s Charitable Trust;

“Nobody ever wants to experience the care offered by Cornwall Hospice Care, but we all realise we need the two adult hospices in the county. In fact it’s good to know they’re here and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and at no charge to those who need the support offered. It’s also rewarding to know that this gift will make a difference to a lot of people in the future.”            

Debbie Henshaw again, “we hope the work will begin in late summer and will be completed in up to 10 weeks. Fortunately we have spare capacity so we can update the two rooms while still keeping all eight of the intensive care beds at St Julia’s Hospice open.”