A new cafe currently being built in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice has been officially named The Mill - building on its heritage as a former Lancashire cotton mill.
The Mill will be open to everyone to enjoy and will also provide information and ‘light-touch therapies’ to help and support people affected by life-shortening conditions.
It will be set in the grounds of the newly-named St Catherine’s Park, a green space the hospice is developing which already includes a beautiful sensory garden, small wetland and woodland areas.
Work is progressing on The Mill, which will soon become a social hub in the community, as rooms are hired out to local businesses and groups to host everything from craft sessions to light exercise classes.
Hospice chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh said: “As a welcoming café it will be here for everyone, from business people networking over coffee, to families tucking into tea and cake, or friends enjoying a lunch together.
“Whilst enjoying a coffee and croissant in our café, people who are experiencing life-shortening illnesses will be able to access information via iPads, free WiFi and leaflets – with advice and support on hand from our trained advisors. Working in this way, we’ll be able to help people sooner, continue our relationship with patients who have been discharged from other hospice services, and provide continuity for those who are bereaved.
“All of the profits will be ploughed back into St Catherine’s Hospice to help us continue to sustain our much-valued services for local people and for future generations.”
Last year St Catherine’s Hospice won a grant from the Department of Health to help fund the construction of The Mill.