A new café and community hub in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice, Lostock Hall, has opened after its launch by Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh.
Ranvir, from Preston, made the first cup of coffee in The Mill in St Catherine’s Park.
The facility has been designed to support those facing life-shortening illnesses in an informal, relaxed café setting, helping people to help themselves and each other to live more comfortably and independently.
It will provide information, advice, therapies and support, and is intended to be an attractive café and hub open to all – with the aim that the fear or anxiety some people feel about hospices can be dispelled.
The Mill Café will provide locally sourced, seasonal dishes, and all profits from the project, which has been funded largely by grants and special awards, will be ploughed back into the specialised care provided by the hospice.
St Catherine’s Park is a developing green space at the hospice, which already includes a sensory garden plus a wetland and woodland reserve, soon to be linked by a new footbridge courtesy of funding by Longridge and Preston North and Preston South Rotary clubs.