Wiltshire

Devizes children's hospice construction to begin

Julia’s House new hospice in Devizes, Wiltshire Image copyright Hill Design
Image caption Wiltshire Council has approved architectural plans for a new hospice in Devizes

Work to build a £3m hospice for children in Wiltshire will begin this summer, the charity behind it has said.

Julia's House has been fundraising for a new centre in Devizes since January 2015, helped by Robert Downey Jr, David Beckham and Guy Ritchie.

It said Wiltshire Council had approved its architectural plans to convert two former offices in the town.

The hospice will offer respite and end-of-life care and will open in 2017.

The charity already offers community-based respite care for families in Dorset and has a hospice in Poole.

"The Devizes hospice will have the homely atmosphere of Julia's House in Dorset but its larger size means we can include some extra additions," said Martin Edwards, Julia's House chief executive.

"Now we can really begin the work that will give families all over Wiltshire access to high quality frequent respite care."

Among the features of the new hospice will be a large central play room, sensory and therapy rooms, and a garden with a wheelchair trampoline.

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