Bury St Edmunds hospice wins £50,000 of lottery money

Hospice staff are presented with a cheque from ITV's the People's Millions
Hospice staff are presented with a cheque from ITV's the People's Millions

A charity is celebrating after winning £50,000 of lottery money in the People’s Millions competition.

The People’s Millions - a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV - saw St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Garden of Life appeal televised on ITV Anglia News yesterday with viewers asked to vote for either the hospice or an Age UK Norfolk project.

The hospice won the most votes on the day, clinching the £50,000 prize and a film crew visited it in Bury St Edmunds today to hand over a cheque.

The Garden of Life project will see an outdoor space at the hospice’s outreach centre – the Burton Centre, in Haverhill – transformed into a therapeutic and tranquil area to be used by patients, carers, families and the whole community.

The area adjoins the hospice’s Haven Café, which is open to the public every weekday, and it is hoped the garden will be well-used once the transformation is complete.

Barbara Gale, hospice chief executive, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this money. The Garden of Life will make an enormous difference to people using the Burton Centre. The gardens at our Bury hospice are well-used by patients and families, so we know transforming this space in Haverhill will have a positive impact.”