Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hospice Back in Business after Floods

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hospice Back in Business after Floods

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior reporter dave.robson@eveninggazette.co.uk

FLOOD-HIT Zoe's Place has resurfaced.

The Normanby baby hospice reopened its doors yesterday after a massive mop-up operation.

Parents, staff and children were left reeling when the former convent suffered major flood damage in August. A leaking water tank on the first floor caused damage worth thousands of pounds and the hospice had to close while the damage was repaired and new fittings installed. But thanks to an extraordinary community effort, the hospice is up and running again - to the relief and delight of grateful chief executive Mark Guidery.

He said: "It'll take another week or two to finish everything off but we're just glad to be in a position to be able to open again. It's been six or seven weeks since the kids have been in and the children forget at that age, so it's lovely to see them reestablishing relationships again."

Insurance should fund the PS100,000 "plus" total repair bill, but Mr Guidery says it's the response of the community which has allowed the hospice to reopen so soon. …

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