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Cornwall gets HIV respite centre

Cornish charity Kernow Positive Support (KPS) has been given £270,000 from the Government to build an HIV and Aids respite centre.

It would be the only one in England as the nearest one is in north Wales.

KPS said it would still need permission from Cornwall Council to create the facility, but a property for conversion had been identified in north Cornwall.

The Department of Health's Aids support capital grant scheme awarded the charity the funding.

Nicky Salisbury, a consultant in HIV at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, said the facility would not be for medical care.

She said: "It's not like a hospice for sick people, it's for respite care, for the psychological recharging rather than any medical recharging."

KPS had found a Grade II listed farm house near Camelford which needed renovating.

Anthony Basnett, of the charity, said: "It's in a beautiful but fairly remote part of Cornwall and offers peace and quiet and beautiful scenery."

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