Building work has begun on a children's hospice in Cornwall.
The hospice, Little Harbour, which is being built in St Austell, will be able to cater for six terminally ill children and their families at a time.
It is been paid for by fundraising, and £3.5m of the £5m needed for the project has been raised already, Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) said.
It is hoped the facility will be completed and open by the end of 2011, the charity said.
Eddie Farwell, co-founder of CHSW, said the charity continued to believe there was a "significant need" in the area for such a facility.
He said: "At the moment life-limited children have to travel to north Devon or to Bristol to our other two hospices in order to receive the very special care that we give.
"It will mean so much to have something on their doorstep, where the journey times are not so immense and it's fantastic to bring such a wonderful facility to this part of the world."