Hospice campaign to set up new base

Liverpool’s specialist baby hospice is hoping to raise millions of pounds to create a new state-of-the-art home.

Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice has launched an appeal calling on its supporters, businesses and individuals within the community to help raise £3.5m to develop a new headquarters in the city. A planning application has now been lodged with Liverpool Council to redevelop a new location in West Derby for the facility.

The existing lease on its current base on Yew Tree Lane is to expire next year.

For almost three decades, Zoe’s Place has been the only hospice for babies and children aged 0 – 5 years with life-limiting and complex conditions, proving to be a lifeline for hundreds of families in the region.

Aimee Clare, Capital Appeal Lead at Zoe’s Place, said, “Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice is an incredibly special place, providing specialist and essential care to our babies and their families at a time when they need it the most.

“It’s a place of happiness, relief and is a true lifeline for those who need it, allowing families to be together and experience the joy of childhood, which can easily be taken for granted by many of us.

“I’m urging the business community, our generous supporters and new fundraisers to activate and help us at this pivotal time so we can build a new home and continue to provide outstanding and specialist care and support to the children and families who really need us. If lots of people give a little, we will quickly raise a lot and together we can build a new home and hospice for Liverpool to be incredibly proud of.”

Robyn Perry is two and a half years old and living with Spina Bifida and Kyphosis. Her mum, Stephanie Perry said that Zoe’s Place has been amazing for her and her family.

She said, “When we found Zoe’s Place last year it was a lifesaver, it felt like home as soon as we walked in. “I don’t trust many people with Robyn because of the needs that she’s got and it was hard leaving her at first, but I did and it was the best thing ever, it’s amazing for her, she loves it, she gets to play and do sensory – everything that keeps her stimulated and that gives me time with my other kids.”

The organisation is hoping to transform the former bowling green at Hayman’s Green, West Derby into a purpose-built facility for Zoe’s Place families.

Community events will also be arranged in the coming months to share plans and information about the new development. Zoe’s Place will be launching several fundraising initiatives throughout the campaign, the first being The 150, which encourages 150 businesses to sign up and donate £1,000 to the Zoe’s Place Capital Appeal through their own fundraising efforts.

Donations can be made to the Zoe’s Place Capital Appeal by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/zoesplaceliverpool-newhome 

Image: Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice new home At Hayman’s Green, West Derby

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