4:24pm Friday 17th February 2012
By Hermione Wright
A hospice for people with life threatening illnesses is in its final stages of completion.
The new North London Hospice site, in Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, will have enough facilities to care for 500 people suffering with terminal illnesses when it opens at the beginning of May.
The building work at the day centre is expected to be completed next month, leaving two months to fit the hospice with the equipment needed to care for its new patients.
The day centre, which will include treatment rooms, a day room and a cafe, will provide free services for patients living in Enfield, Haringey and Barnet by relying largely on public donations.
A new manager with a background in social work, Anneli Beesley, has also been appointed to lead the project.
She said: “We can’t wait to get started. We’re very proud of the new building and we’re hoping to reach many more people who need us from across Barnet, Haringey and Enfield.”
An assistant manager, yet to be selected by the hospice, will also join the team but the rest of the staff will be volunteers.
Deborah Mosdall, who works at the hospice in North Finchley, said: “We will be relying on an army of volunteers - we would not be able to do this without them.”
She said the building in Enfield looks quite imposing from the outside but will be fantastic once it is finished inside.
The current centre in Barnet has the facilities to help about 150 people at one time. The hospice, which has been based in North Finchley for 25 years, will remain open.
The North London Hospice is a charity which provides practical, spiritual and emotional care for people with life threatening illnesses.
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