Athletes homes selling fast
City Legacy presents first cheque to Hospice appeal
City Legacy Homes – developer of The Athletes’ Village built for the Commonwealth Games – has presented a first cheque for £60,000 to the ‘Brick by Brick Appeal’ which aims to build a home for Glasgow’s Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
Earlier this year, City Legacy pledged to donate £300 for each of the 300 homes sold at The Village, which will add up to a grand total of £90,000 when all sales are finalised.
With homes selling faster than expected, a cheque for the first £60,000 was presented by City Legacy’s equity partners to Rhona Baillie, chief executive of the hospice, and Carol Smillie, hospice ambassador.
The hospice provides specialist care for about 1,200 terminally ill people in Glasgow from its city centre premises.
The existing facility is operating at full capacity and there is no room to expand or enhance the services provided, or to meet increasing demand. The ‘Brick by Brick Appeal’, which was launched in September 2012, aims to raise £15m of the £21m needed to build a modern hospice fit for the 21st century in Bellahouston Park. The charity hopes the new facility will be ready within the next three to four years.
City Legacy’s initial donation could provide – for example – one full patient bedroom, three ward kitchens, or six fully accessible toilet and shower rooms for the new facility.
Calum Murray, director of CCG and part of the City Legacy consortium said: “We felt it was important that City Legacy gave something back to the people of Glasgow by contributing to a charity which directly makes a huge difference for hundreds of Glasgow families every single day, and PPWH certainly does that.
“Homes at The Village are selling faster than we could ever have imagined, with sell-out expected by Christmas, so we hope to be able to present a further £30,000 to this wonderful cause in the very near future.”
Ms Baillie said: “City Legacy has been a fantastic supporter and we are very grateful to them. This is a significant donation which will help our team to provide quality care to the people of Glasgow for generations to come. The new hospice will be purpose-built to give our patients and families privacy, compassion and the very best end-of-life care.”
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice is one of three nominated charities which have benefitted from cash donations from City Legacy.