St Dunstans buy new hospital

those to whom this will be of interest can't actually read it, but hey ho its all good news! :D

Former hospital bought by charity
A charity caring for blind and partially sighted ex-servicemen and women has bought a former private hospital in north Wales.
St Dunstan's hopes to turn the old North Wales Medical Centre in Llandudno, Conwy, into a 40-bed centre offering support and rehabilitation.

The listed building was put up for sale after operating at a loss as a private hospital.

Its new owners hope the centre will re-open its doors in 2009.

Robert Leader, the chief executive of St Dunstan's, said the new facility will help meet the growing number of ex-forces members calling on its services.

"We shall be able to provide help and support to more beneficiaries, enabling them to adapt to their loss of sight, regain their independence and achieve a better quality of life," he said.

We also hope that our presence in Llandudno will make a useful contribution to the town and the surrounding area
Robert Leader, St Dunstan's

The charity was founded in 1915 and offers lifelong support to those who have served in the armed forces and are now coping with sight loss, either as a result of active duty, or as they grow older.

It currently has two other centres in the UK, based at Sheffield and Ovingdean, Brighton.

The new acquisition will see the grade II listed building adapted to provide a 40 room centre offering rehabilitation, training, respite care and holiday accommodation for its members.

In its former life as a private hospital, it employed 70 people.

St Dunstan's said it hopes the decision to site the new centre in Llandudno will help build on that previous relationship.

"We also hope that our presence in Llandudno will make a useful contribution to the town and the surrounding area," said Mr Leader.

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Published: 2008/01/07 07:48:00 GMT

Great news.

Shame lottery money never gets awarded to service charities to enable them to do this more often.
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