Tuesday, 15 November 2011

DJ visits hospice site

RADIO star and Solihull boy Johnnie Walker visited the construction site of a new hospice in the town.

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He spent two hours at the site, off Marsh Lane, where Marie Curie is constructing the new hospice.

The former Radio 2 star’s father died at the hospice’s current base in Warwick Road, Solihull.

The former Solihull School pupil said: “People who have a terminal illness, and their families, need access to the best possible care, support services and facilities available.

“The fact that the new Marie Curie Hospice will enable the charity to expand and provide more expert care and support services to many more people throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands is a positive and much needed step forward.”

The frame of the building is now clearly visible from the Solihull by-pass.

The plan proved controversial as it is on Green Belt land and led to concerns that the “Meriden gap” between Knowle and the town is slowly being eaten away.

The charity launched a £7m fundraising drive for the new centre, which will open in in 2013 with 24 en suite rooms. All services will be free.

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