The new Northern Ireland Hospice in Belfast, a project part funded by The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, begins to take shape.

This project to replace the existing outdated facilities located in an aging Victorian Villa received £127,000 of Trust funding in 2014 under the Medically Related Donations programme.

Somerton House

Somerton House prepares for rejuvenation


In acknowledging the award the Northern Ireland Hospice stated:

The appeal to build the new adult hospice has just received a BIG boost from the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust.

They have just donated a whopping £127,000 to fund 3 patients’ bedrooms and the isolation lobby in the new inpatient unit, bringing us a BIG step closer to the opening of the new hospice.

We are extremely grateful to the trustees for their very generous support for this project.  It will make a BIG difference to the thousands of patients and families who will need our help in the future, ensuring they continue to receive the high standards of care for which Northern Ireland Hospice is renowned. 

Thank you so much. 


First phase foundations

What the new hospice will look like

View from crane

The progress so far

New bedroom

One of the new bedrooms

Update November 2015 - The towering crane that overlooked the north Belfast skyline has been removed.  Somerton house is looking like a home again, with a new roof, floors, walls, windows and a stairwell to the first floor.  This is where the Community Nursing team will have their offices.  The roof and windows have also been installed in Alexandria House where the new Day Hospice and Education & Research centre will be located.  The main Hospice building has also had its rook fitted and is watertight. Plastering is well underway in the patient bedrooms and it will not be long before painting commences.

Please click here for more information on the Northern Ireland Hospice.  Details about the new building may be found here.  


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