Kerry cuts ribbon to new unit

AN EXTENSION to Weston Hospicecare's in-patient unit has been officially opened by businessman and entrepreneur Kerry Michael. The £40,000 addition

AN EXTENSION to Weston Hospicecare's in-patient unit has been officially opened by businessman and entrepreneur Kerry Michael.The £40,000 addition to Jackson Barstow House in Uphill was built with the backing of The Axentis Michael Charitable Trust and donations from other supporters.The trust was set up in memory of Kerry Michael's father Axentis, one of Weston's best-known hoteliers, who was cared for at the hospice before he died.The Michael family organised a football tournament and family day out in 2005 and raised £10,000 to go towards the building work.Hospicecare's chief executive, Colin Sills, said: "The new extension to the in-patient unit is for the benefit of families and carers and consists of one double bedroom and one sitting room, with additional 'put you up' beds if needed."Mr Michael's father, Axentis, was cared for by the hospice a few years ago. I know members of the Michael family were acutely aware of our need for more space for relatives when they were here and we are very grateful to the trust for its donation.


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