MARY Stevens Hospice has had a financial boost towards its upcoming £3 million redevelopment project.

The Stourbridge-based charity have been handed £3,000 from V28 Vistage group – a firm which provides mentoring and coaching to high-performing professionals.

The cash boost, will help the hospice’s redevelopment project which is hoping to ensure free, specialist care is available to more families in the local area who are battling, the impact of terminal or life-limiting illnesses.

Stevan Jackson, chief executive officer at Mary Stevens Hospice, said: “Since being encouraged by the former hospice chairman to join Vistage, I have not been disappointed.

“The knowledge and skills I have gained as a result of membership of the V28 group has helped me to be a more effective leader of the Mary Stevens Hospice Group.”

To further contribute to the project, the V28 group are also running a charity sailing challenge in September, which will see two novice teams race across the Solent, from Cowes to Hamble – with all of the proceeds being donated to the Hagley Road hospice.

Ian Harris, V28 group leader, said: “For a CEO, running a hospice has many of the same needs as running a business – so I’m delighted that my Vistage business leader group and myself can support Stevan’s leadership at Mary Stevens Hospice.”

The hospices’ revamp will see the day unit extended to include new treatment rooms, state-of-the-art new equipment, better child bereavement and consultation facilities, improved education and training facilities plus a family apartment for relatives to stay.