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St Mary’s Hospice bringing services to Barrow area with warehouse move


Excitement is running high at St Mary’s Hospice! A letter has arrived from Barrow Borough Council confirming that ‘change of use’ permission has been granted for the previous Agrilek building in Duke Street Barrow.

St Mary's warehouse raises essential funds for our hospice. The generosity of our community donating quality goods to be sold enables St Mary's - through the warehouse and our hospice shops - to convert the donations to care. “Our Furniture Warehouse has grown too big for its current site” said Caroline Welch, Head of Retail. “This larger warehouse will give us room to expand as well as giving space to develop other retail opportunities like eBay.”

In the next few weeks the large warehouse previously used for manufacturing will become the home of the St Mary’s second hand furniture store, while the space used previously for offices will undergo an 8 month refurbishment to improve access before reopening as a site for Day Care, Living Well therapies and other patient and family support services.

“The most exciting thing for us as a hospice,” said Val Stangoe, CEO, “is that by having the new clinical space attached to the Furniture Warehouse we can make this new hospice site in Barrow affordable. We won’t have beds on this Barrow site but over time we will be able to offer everything else the hospice does.”

Jo Blake, Head of Clinical Services is absolutely delighted, “People living in Barrow don’t always want to travel for the care and support they need. Although we already provide services in Barrow, this building brings the opportunity to increase support. From Duke Street we will offer more wellbeing care and support to people living with life-shortening illnesses and their families. Care will be closer to home, focused on maintaining independence and offered long before people need hospice care. We want to work with other organisations too to make sure the building becomes a real resource for the community. People who need to use our specialist beds will continue to travel to our unit in Ulverston.”

St Mary’s Hospice provides a nine bedded unit in Ulverston. The hospice also provides: Living Well Day Services, health maintenance education for patients, complementary therapies and exercise classes; Family Support Services before and after bereavement; Community Neighbours volunteer service and education for professionals. All services are free of charge. Referral can be through local health and social care services, other voluntary organisations, hospitals or self-referral.


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