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Call to boost North West hospice for young adults
CAMPAIGNERS behind a bid to establish the North West’s first hospice for young adults have urged people to attend a black tie ball to help them raise funds to ensure their dream becomes a reality.
The Life Now charity needs to find a minimum of £6million to build a dedicated palliative and respite centre somewhere in Lancashire, for people aged between 18 and 35, which it plans to open by 2018.
The group’s founder, the Rev George Thomas, came up with the idea to fill the gap in provision of services targeted towards the age group.
They hope to use the money to find a suitable location close to a town centre with specialist equipment and games and music rooms.
The dinner dance, which will be held at the Pines Hotel in Chorley on Friday September 20, will also include a bar, raffle and auction. The former reverend of St Gabriel’s Church in Blackburn said: “Whilst there are many hospices in the area that do wonderful work, there are not many exclusively aimed at young adults and we want to do something about this in the North West.
“We hope that as many people as possible come to the event to enjoy themselves and to hear what Life Now is about.
“Young children and elderly with incurable conditions rightly get a lot of our sympathy but young adults in similar positions are often overlooked.
“They’re not provided for as much as they could be and people don’t as easily under-stand their situation and the effects on their families.
“Thankfully, young adults with end of life conditions are living longer than previously expected but their conditions and futures are unpredictable so they may be well one day but die tomorrow.”
To book a ticket, which costs £30, or for more information about the charity or to help raise money telephone 01254 54991.
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