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