A bright future for local charity as work starts on day centre

Published: Tue 28 February, 2023

A photo of representatives from Hospice Hope and North West Leicestershire District Council to mark the start of works for Bright Hope House on land in Swannington.

The future of a local charity is looking bright as work starts to build them a new home.

NWLDC has provided land in Swannington to Hospice Hope so it can create a bespoke facility and continue its work supporting people with life limiting conditions. Local house builder Bloor Homes will carry out the building work at no cost to the charity.

Work started on site to build Bright Hope House on Monday 27 February, with the centre expected to open early 2024.

In 2019 Hospice Hope learned that they would have to move out of their current accommodation in Griffydam, so the trustees turned to the district council for ideas.

In response, the council agreed to lease some of its land – currently used to store spare wheelie bins – to the charity for a peppercorn rent. Bloor Homes have now started building the bespoke 6,000 sq ft facility at no cost to the charity.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC said: “This is a very exciting time, as work to build Bright Hope House begins in Swannington. The facility will secure the future of a fantastic charity which supports so many local people. It has been our pleasure to work with Hospice Hope and Bloor Homes on this important project, and we look forward to seeing the building take shape over the coming months.”

Stewart Shepherd, Chair of the Trustees of Hospice Hope says the charity is delighted with the news: “This wonderful partnership between the council, Bloor Homes and our charity must be unique. It enables Hospice Hope to develop and build on all that it has learned and achieved over many years. The need for our services continues to grow and develop and we are all looking forward to meeting that need when Bright Hope House opens. As the building progresses, we shall be looking to the community and local businesses to support this excellent initiative.”