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Zoe's Place Baby Hospice back open after major flood
6:28pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A CHILDREN'S hospice forced to close after a flood is celebrating the return of sick children and their families who rely on the ‘home from home’.
Zoe’s Place in Normanby, Middlesbrough, welcomed back youngsters today for the first time in two months since a leak from a water tank damaged thousands of pounds worth of equipment and bedding.
Gallons of water leaked into rooms throughout the building in late August, including the bereavement unit and the parents' accommodation.
Rachael Willmore, community fundraiser at Zoe’s Place, said: “We knew that there were children and families out there who were struggling that we couldn’t care for and that was difficult.”
The hospice cares for children from birth to six with terminal and life-limiting conditions from across the UK.
The downstairs of the former convent has been thoroughly cleaned and new flooring has been laid but the bereavement suite has still not been fully repaired.
Mrs Willmore said the hospice has been overwhelmed by the offers of help from the local community and raised £10,000 in first three weeks it was closed.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be open again,” she added. “Without any children it has been very quiet, the atmosphere really changed.”
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