Claire House a step closer to opening children's hospice in Liverpool

Claire House Children’s Hospice is delighted to announce it has today been granted outline planning permission for a new children’s hospice in the West Derby area of Liverpool.

The step means the children’s charity, which also has a base behind Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral, can start making firm plans to design and build a state-of-the-art facility to support seriously and terminally ill children and young people from across the Merseyside region.

The site is that of the former Carmelite Monastery on Honey’s Green Lane, behind Cardinal Heenan and Broughton Hall Catholic High Schools, which had previously been occupied for over 100 years by a closed order of nuns.

David Pastor, Chief Executive for Claire House Children’s Hospice, said; “Today we are delighted that the Planning Committee unanimously granted us outline planning permission for a new children’s hospice. This means we can start looking to the future, including the challenge of raising the money we need to significantly extend our services – for every child we help there is at least one we can’t.

“We have already adapted part of the building as we know there is a desperate need for our services. Now that outline planning permission has been granted, we hope to start developing plans for a new children’s hospice, retaining large parts of the current building and ensuring they’re comfortable and welcoming and fit for the needs of our families.”

Currently, Claire House is using part of the building as a base for its Hospice to Home, Volunteering and Fundraising teams. Families will be welcomed to the site to begin taking advantage of some services, including day care, counselling and holistic therapies, in September.

David continues; “We know we are only reaching one in two of the children we could be. Our ambition is for this site to become a state-of-the-art facility in the North West, providing the very best care, and ensure Claire House Children’s Hospice continues long into the future.

This is the first step in a long journey towards providing every child in Merseyside who is seriously or terminally ill, with the support they need.”