Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice laid the first brick at The Ark hospice building in Barnet on Friday 16 March. Our very own Shaun Wall and Fern Golder from the Spires Centre Management joined families, the community, funders, corporate supporters and local residents for the celebratory event at the future hospice site.
The Ark is the first children’s hospice building in North and Central London serving the boroughs of; Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Islington, Haringey and Hertsmere. There are over 1,200 babies and children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions in the area but, tragically, no children’s hospice building.
The new state-of-the-art hospice building will offer a range of children’s palliative care services that are not currently available, including; sensory, music and wet play rooms, overnight stays to help manage a child or young person’s symptoms and 24-hour end-of-life-care, including specialised care for new-born babies.
Noah’s Ark CEO, Ru Watkins, said: “Three and a half years ago the children, the families, the volunteers and our supporters – ‘The Noah’s Ark Family’ – came together to tell us their dream of what The Ark needed to do to fill the gap in London in delivering care and support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. Since then we have continued to work with many fantastic supporters, not only from Noah’s Ark but also from health and social care providers; the London Boroughs; other charities and the construction industry to lay the first brick of The Ark. A children’s hospice designed for the 21st Century and beyond, desperately needed by London. Today is about us all coming together as a wider community to deliver that dream. It is also our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who is currently involved and say to those who aren’t yet – please come and get involved.”
Dr Rachel Black, Director of Care at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice said: “Laying the first brick is a momentous step for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. The hospice building will provide another important way to offer care alongside our established community services. There are many more children, young people and families in our area who might benefit from Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice care services. We are working hard to make sure they can receive the support they need, when they need it, in the best place for them.”
Punyapriya Singh, Senior Community Engagement Manager said: “This momentous day would not have been possible without the support of our local community groups”