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Hospice builder wins 15m tender
Babe and pal
Babe's Big Appeal is supported by author Dick King-Smith
A contractor has been appointed to build a new 15m children's hospice near Bristol.

Cowlin Construction won the tender for the new building at the grade II listed Charlton Farm, Wraxall.

The charity has Babe the sheep-pig as the figurehead of its campaign, which was boosted by 1m after fund-raising by BBC Radio Bristol.

At present, families from the area have to travel to Devon to stay at the Little Bridge House in Barnstaple.

More than 6m has already been raised, and it is hoped the hospice will be opened in January 2007.

Charlton Farm, which is set in several acres of pastureland, will eventually welcome around 200 children and their families a year.

Author Dick King-Smith, who lives in the Keynsham area near Bristol, agreed his character Babe could be used and is taking an active part in the appeal.




SEE ALSO:
Children's hospice site dedicated
02 May 04 |  Bristol/Somerset
Film pig joins hospice campaign
03 Feb 04 |  Bristol/Somerset


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