A community campaign to raise $1 million for Ballarat Hospice Care to move into a purpose-built base in Lucas has now reached $600,000.

However, Ballarat Hospice Care executive officer Carita Clancy said the organisation hopes for the community’s continued, invaluable support to raise another $400,000.

“The community has been generous in so many ways,” Ms Clancy said.

“But we need their continued support to raise the $400,000 so that we can move into our new building and better accommodate the community’s palliative care needs.”

“This is about a vital service for Ballarat, not just bricks and mortar.”

The new building will allow Ballarat Hospice Care to move from its current cramped headquarters in Drummond St South and provide an expanded palliative care service for its service region, which includes the City of Ballarat, Hepburn Shire, western Moorabool and western Golden Plains shires.

Ms Clancy said the service continues to offer optimum care “but there are challenges in regard to innovation and response to meet the increasing numbers of people we are caring for and the impact of the limited space at our current premises, 312 Drummond St South”.

Ms Clancy also said the new building would allow the service to cater for more clients, with demand for Ballarat Hospice Care services doubling in the past five years alone.

In the Ballarat region, between 35 to 40 per cent of people who choose to die at home could do so using palliative care – well above the state average of 27 per cent.

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