Ceremony marks start of hospice build

Ribbon cutters (from left) Carl Lewis of Skye Strategic Land, Trustee of St Luke’s Hospice Brian Wellman, St Luke's CEO Eileen Marshall, Alex Stark MD Redrow Eastern and John Whelan Natta.

AFTER a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning (Tuesday, 4 June) work is set to begin on the building of Thurrock’s new hospice.

The ribbon was cut by Eileen Marshall, CEO of St Luke’s hospice at Nethermayne, Basildon, which will run the new six bed hospice, whose building is being funded by Skye Strategic Land, the site developers who sold of the other part of the site on Lower Dunton Road, near Horndon on the Hill, to builders Redrow.

They are already building the first of 80 new homes that will go on the site. Redrow have also built the access road to the new hospice, though they are not building it.

Alex Stark of Redrow said: “We are privileged to be the facilitator. What was a field will develop into a superb facility for Thurrock.”

Carl Lewis, of Skye StrategicLand, said: “We are just delighted. We always knew it would happen and the day has come as we have always said.”

The hospice will be built by the Natta Building Company who are obligated to hand it over to St Luke’s within a year of today’s ceremony.

St Luke’s Hospice’s Chief Executive, Eileen Marshall, said: “This is an exciting day in the development of our new Hospice, which has been in planning for many years.

“Alongside our current Hospice in Basildon, this new site will enable us to better meet the increasing and changing needs of end of life care in our community and we’ll be watching keenly as the building work progresses.”