A much-anticipated extension in our gardens in Brentry is well underway with the completion of the solid oak frame of the structure this week.
Made from 16-tonnes of handcrafted oak, 150 oak beams and 500 oak pegs the building will be home to the Psycho Social Spiritual team at the hospice and will provide a relaxing Garden Room for patients to enjoy.
Made and erected by South West company Westwind Oak, the structure took a month to make and a day and a half to put up. With completion due in March next year, St Peter’s Hospice bereavement coordinator, Elaine Browning explains what the new building will mean to the hospice:
“The building will allow us to provide more creative therapies including music therapy and art therapy. It will also provide a brilliant space for group bereavement work which so many find invaluable when they have lost a loved one.
One person who understands first-hand the work the hospice does is Aron Markey, one of the men who helped to build the oak frame for the new building.
Aron, 44, who lives in Bedminster, sadly lost his uncle to Emphysema in July this year. Aron’s uncle was cared for by the hospice in his final week. Aron said:
“It has been amazing to be able to work on a project which I know will mean so much to many. When my uncle passed away myself and my family were so impressed with the quality of the care it provided and we were really struck with how positive and uplifting the whole experience was although it was a sad time.
The funding for the building was secured with a £460,000 grant from the Department of Health.