Bury Hospice closure threat: Campaigners fear facility could close due to funding

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Hospice at risk of closing due to funding cuts

A flagship hospice could close due to government funding cuts.

Campaigners fear Bury Hospice on Rochdale Old Road, Bury, could be forced to shut within six months because the government is ‘withholding’ 40m from the NHS budget in Bury .

James Frith, a Labour councillor in Bury who will contest the Bury North seat at the next general election, is launching a campaign and said the hospice was ‘at risk’.

And he claimed dementia care, fertility treatment and psychological treatments in Bury could also be hit.

The development follows a plea to the government for extra cash amid claims the NHS in Bury was one of the worst-funded in the region.

The M.E.N. understands that concerns about the future of the 5m facility have been raised by senior NHS managers in Bury. Hospice bosses have been asked to provide a full report.

Coun Frith said: “Our priority has to be keeping the hospice to ensure the very best care for the terminally ill and most frail in Bury. We’ve all donated, fundraised or supported the hospice or know someone who has.

It’s one of our most cherished resources. That it now faces closure is an absolute disgrace. I hope many will want to join the campaign to save Bury Hospice and stand up for NHS Bury together.”

Dr Kiran Patel, chair of Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, said NHS services in Bury were ‘underfunded’ and extra cash for the hospice was ‘limited’.

He said: “Recognising the vital work that the hospice does for the patients of Bury, we have asked the hospice to provide the Clinical Commissioning Group with a proposal for further funding in the hospice, which we would consider at our next board meeting.

“However, it must be recognised that our resources are fully committed and our ability to fund fully any additional proposals are limited due to us being the most underfunded Clinical Commissioning Group in the north of England.”

Earlier this year, the health secretary was asked by Labour’s shadow cabinet member and Bury MP Ivan Lewis to step in to help fill the funding black hole. The party said shortfalls in cash allocations would leave the NHS in Bury a total of 60m short over three years.

The hospice opened after moving from Dumers Lane, Radcliffe. in March last year. It provides support to more than 1,000 seriously and terminally ill patients each year.

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Springhill Hospice is lauded for restoring an empty pub into a tea

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Springhill Hospice is lauded for restoring an empty pub into a tea room

Pamela Gray, team leader (left) and Sarah-Lee Ford, income services manager at Springhill Hospice

Springhill Hospice has been praised for its ‘inventive’ work to renovate an empty pub.

The charity received an award from Hospice UK in recognition of its transformation of The Craven Heifer into Springhill Tea Rooms and Gift Shop at the Craven.

The Broad Lane site had been derelict for two years, but was taken on by the hospice in early 2014 and revamped into the building to sell cuppas, cakes and other items to raise funds for the charity.

Now, the venture, which was launched last December, has received the Most Inventive Hospice Retail Initiative Award at the recent Hospice UK Retail Conference.

Julie Halliwell, chief executive at Springhill Hospice said: “I am delighted that we have won this award. Staff and volunteers have worked so hard to renovate the premises and get the tea room and gift shop up and running.

They very much deserve recognition for the work they have done. It is increasingly difficult to secure the funds we need to operate the Hospice, and we are constantly looking for innovative income generation schemes.

“The sale of the pub came at just the right time for us, and gave us an opportunity to house our income services team at the same time as developing the tea room and gift shop. We are very grateful to the public for continuing to support us so well.”

The tea room has space for 60 customers and serves home made treats such as crumpets, sandwiches, cakes, soup and afternoon tea. An outdoor seating area is being set up for the summer months.

Sarah-Lee Ford, income services manager at Springhill Hospice added: “Opening the tea rooms has been one of our biggest challenges for the income services team.

However, it’s also been one of the most rewarding seeing people meeting friends and enjoying a cake and a catch up whilst making money for the hospice.”

Antonia Bunnin, director of Hospice Support and Development at Hospice UK, added: “In recent years there have been lots of headlines about pub closures and empty premises in our communities.

“The way that Springhill Hospice has brought this old building back to life, back to the community – all while raising vital funds for hospice care – is a wonderfully impressive and creative initiative that deserves to be recognised.”

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Britannia Hotel, City Centre Manchester

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Dating back to 1858 this City Centre grade II listed building is situated in the heart of City centre Manchester within a 5 minute walk of all mainline stations. All 363 bedrooms have recently been tastefully decorated and all furnished with TV, Hairdryer, Trouser Press and Tea & Coffee making facilities. There are some rooms that do not have a window but most of these have skylights, ideal for the budget conscious! The hotel also boasts two great restaurants that include Jenny’s Restaurant, with its excellent value for money 3-course Carvery Lunch and Dinner and The Overstuffed Pizzeria, with a varied selection of Italian Dishes and lighter meals in bright surroundings.

The Britannia Hotel Manchester also offers four bars, Cromptons being the residents bar, Jenny’s serving the restaurant, the vibrant Waves Bar (open till late for residents and non-residents) and Bar Rogue, a popular Nightclub in the city centre. There are nine first-class Conference rooms available for any occasion and cater for up to 200 people. ‘LIMITED FREE WI-FI’ is free to all guests and is available throughout the building. Our multi-national reception staff would like to welcome you to our hotel.

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    The Lowry Hotel – Manchester – The AA #compare #hotel #prices

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    This modern, contemporary hotel, set beside the River Irwell in the centre of the city, offers spacious bedrooms equipped to meet the needs of business and leisure visitors alike. Many of the rooms look out over the river, as do the sumptuous suites. The River Room restaurant produces good brasserie cooking. Extensive business and function facilities are available, together with a spa to provide extra pampering.

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    Sold by TUI to Cox – Kings – Manchester Evening News #hotel

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    Manchester-based LateRooms.com has been bought by India’s Cox King’s Group in a deal worth 8.5m.

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    First Choice Holidays bought LateRooms in 2006 and the group later merged with the tourism arm of TUI AG in 2007.

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    It also has a customer database of 3.5 million and had around 93 million online visits in the financial year ending September 30.

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    Bury Hospice closure threat: Campaigners fear facility could close due to funding

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    Hospice at risk of closing due to funding cuts

    A flagship hospice could close due to government funding cuts.

    Campaigners fear Bury Hospice on Rochdale Old Road, Bury, could be forced to shut within six months because the government is ‘withholding’ 40m from the NHS budget in Bury .

    James Frith, a Labour councillor in Bury who will contest the Bury North seat at the next general election, is launching a campaign and said the hospice was ‘at risk’.

    And he claimed dementia care, fertility treatment and psychological treatments in Bury could also be hit.

    The development follows a plea to the government for extra cash amid claims the NHS in Bury was one of the worst-funded in the region.

    The M.E.N. understands that concerns about the future of the 5m facility have been raised by senior NHS managers in Bury. Hospice bosses have been asked to provide a full report.

    Coun Frith said: “Our priority has to be keeping the hospice to ensure the very best care for the terminally ill and most frail in Bury. We’ve all donated, fundraised or supported the hospice or know someone who has.

    It’s one of our most cherished resources. That it now faces closure is an absolute disgrace. I hope many will want to join the campaign to save Bury Hospice and stand up for NHS Bury together.”

    Dr Kiran Patel, chair of Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, said NHS services in Bury were ‘underfunded’ and extra cash for the hospice was ‘limited’.

    He said: “Recognising the vital work that the hospice does for the patients of Bury, we have asked the hospice to provide the Clinical Commissioning Group with a proposal for further funding in the hospice, which we would consider at our next board meeting.

    “However, it must be recognised that our resources are fully committed and our ability to fund fully any additional proposals are limited due to us being the most underfunded Clinical Commissioning Group in the north of England.”

    Earlier this year, the health secretary was asked by Labour’s shadow cabinet member and Bury MP Ivan Lewis to step in to help fill the funding black hole. The party said shortfalls in cash allocations would leave the NHS in Bury a total of 60m short over three years.

    The hospice opened after moving from Dumers Lane, Radcliffe. in March last year. It provides support to more than 1,000 seriously and terminally ill patients each year.

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    The Lowry Hotel (Manchester, England) – UPDATED Hotel Reviews #hospice #compassus

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    Arrived at hotel from Piccadilly station not knowing much about hotel other than it was a 5 star hotel.

    It was a short enough taxi ride from centre, hotel us in Salford.

    Arrived at hotel from Piccadilly station not knowing much about hotel other than it was a 5 star hotel.

    It was a short enough taxi ride from centre, hotel us in Salford so not overtly central.

    Reception is very big but a little featureless however the staff at reception were very good and we were given the City view room.

    They had called me the day before asking if I wanted anything from hotel before we arrived which I thought was a nice touch as I was celebrating a close friends birthday and they obliged with a cake and drinks in room. Very appreciated

    Room was spacious and comfortable and bathroom presentable and clean. No complaints at all.

    Decided to have champagne breakfast in room on first morning and again staff and food were of a high standard

    Visited bar in hotel to find again staff very engaging and friendly and even suggested some new gin to try!

    Overall a really enjoyable stay with highlight being the tasting menu in nearby Manchester House restaurant, although a little pricey it was worth it.

    Shops and bars all close enough.

    Hotel from outside looks a little industrial and could be better in reception but this is a small point.

    Would definitely stay again and thanks for a great break from London.





    The Lowry Hotel – Manchester – The AA #legian #beach #hotel

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    The Lowry Hotel

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    This modern, contemporary hotel, set beside the River Irwell in the centre of the city, offers spacious bedrooms equipped to meet the needs of business and leisure visitors alike. Many of the rooms look out over the river, as do the sumptuous suites. The River Room restaurant produces good brasserie cooking. Extensive business and function facilities are available, together with a spa to provide extra pampering.

    Information

    Tel: 0161 827 4000
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    View the website Website: http://www.thelowryhotel.com

    Facilities

    • Parking: 88 open
    • Children welcome
    • Passenger lift
    • Night porter
    • Fully air conditioned
    • Wi-fi

    Leisure facilities

    • Gym
    • Live entertainment
    • Sauna Relaxation rooms

    Bedrooms

    • En-suite rooms: 165
    • Satellite and Freeview TV available
    • Tea/coffee making
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    • Dogs allowed

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    M6 junct 19, A556/M56/A5103 for 4.5m. At rdbt take A57(M) to lights, right onto Water St. Left to New Quay St/Trinity Way. At 1st lights right into Chapel St for hotel
    Nearest station: Manchester Victoria
    Nearest motorway: M6 junct 19
    Nearest airport: Manchester

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    On the banks of the River Irwell, the award-winning Lowry dominates the skyline with its curved, glass-fronted façade. It has rooms with stunning views, a riverside restaurant and a spa. Free WiFi is also available. The huge rooms at The Lowry

    On the banks of the River Irwell, the award-winning Lowry dominates the skyline with its curved, glass-fronted façade. It has rooms with stunning views, a riverside restaurant and a spa. Free WiFi is also available.

    The huge rooms at The Lowry Hotel have modern furnishings to match the architecture. Rooms also have large walk-in wardrobes, a satellite TV and iPod dock. The elegant bathrooms feature a marble bath, large shower and free bathrobes.

    Guests can dine at River Bar Grill, which serves a grill style menu with beef, chicken, fish and shellfish. A large terrace arcs around the side of the Chapel Wharf building, and has wonderful views across the city.

    The property s contemporary QMS Skin Spa offers six treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a sauna, gym, hair salon and a dedicated manicure pedicure area.

    Manchester Cathedral and The People’s History Museum are both just a 5-minute walk away. Private parking is available (for an additional charge).

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    Lowry Hotel sold in multi-million pound deal – Manchester Evening News #hotels

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    Lowry Hotel sold in multi-million pound deal

    The five-star Lowry Hotel has today been sold in a deal worth tens of millions of pounds.

    The luxury venue – frequented by stars of sport and showbusiness – has been bought by Westmont Hospitality Group and its investment partner Mount Kellett Capital Management.

    Its management team will be kept on to continue running the luxury hotel and its new owners have promised a programme of refurbishments ‘to further enhance the quality of the offer.’

    Over the past few weeks, soccer stars like Frank Lampard. Marcos Rojo, Radamel Falcao, Louis Van Gaal, Daley Blind and Angel di Maria have been photographed coming out of The Lowry.

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    Rocco Forte Hotels has managed to find a buyer for the venue, on Chapel Wharf, Salford, having twice placed it on the market.

    It was first put up for sale in 2007, with a 50m price tag but was taken off the market in July 2013.

    Earlier this year, we told how it was back up for grabs, with the price tag rumoured to be around 40m this time around. The exact sale price has not been disclosed by either party.

    The Lowry opened in 2001 and has 158 rooms and seven suites.

    Westmont Hospitality Group, formed in 1975, has strategic alliances with many of the world’s leading hotel brands, including Intercontinental, Fairmont, Leading Hotels of the World, Hilton and Marriott with hotels in cities including London, Paris, Barcelona and the Cote d’Azur.

    Sir Rocco Forte said: “I am very proud that we created the Lowry as a first-class hotel in 2001 with an outstanding team and, in the process, played a role in the renaissance which Manchester has enjoyed in recent years. I wish the team at the Lowry, its customers, and its new owners the very best for the future.”

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    Springhill Hospice is lauded for restoring an empty pub into a tea

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    Springhill Hospice is lauded for restoring an empty pub into a tea room

    Pamela Gray, team leader (left) and Sarah-Lee Ford, income services manager at Springhill Hospice

    Springhill Hospice has been praised for its ‘inventive’ work to renovate an empty pub.

    The charity received an award from Hospice UK in recognition of its transformation of The Craven Heifer into Springhill Tea Rooms and Gift Shop at the Craven.

    The Broad Lane site had been derelict for two years, but was taken on by the hospice in early 2014 and revamped into the building to sell cuppas, cakes and other items to raise funds for the charity.

    Now, the venture, which was launched last December, has received the Most Inventive Hospice Retail Initiative Award at the recent Hospice UK Retail Conference.

    Julie Halliwell, chief executive at Springhill Hospice said: “I am delighted that we have won this award. Staff and volunteers have worked so hard to renovate the premises and get the tea room and gift shop up and running.

    They very much deserve recognition for the work they have done. It is increasingly difficult to secure the funds we need to operate the Hospice, and we are constantly looking for innovative income generation schemes.

    “The sale of the pub came at just the right time for us, and gave us an opportunity to house our income services team at the same time as developing the tea room and gift shop. We are very grateful to the public for continuing to support us so well.”

    The tea room has space for 60 customers and serves home made treats such as crumpets, sandwiches, cakes, soup and afternoon tea. An outdoor seating area is being set up for the summer months.

    Sarah-Lee Ford, income services manager at Springhill Hospice added: “Opening the tea rooms has been one of our biggest challenges for the income services team.

    However, it’s also been one of the most rewarding seeing people meeting friends and enjoying a cake and a catch up whilst making money for the hospice.”

    Antonia Bunnin, director of Hospice Support and Development at Hospice UK, added: “In recent years there have been lots of headlines about pub closures and empty premises in our communities.

    “The way that Springhill Hospice has brought this old building back to life, back to the community – all while raising vital funds for hospice care – is a wonderfully impressive and creative initiative that deserves to be recognised.”

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