SINGER-songwriter Frank Turner has given his backing to Naomi House’s Caterpillar Appeal by recording a special video message for his fans and the hospice’s supporters.
The musician, from Meonstoke, visited the children’s hospice in 2012 and has stayed in touch with the charity since then.
During that visit the folk/punk musician played a number of songs for the life-limited children in the charity’s care.
In the video, posted on the Naomi House Caterpillar Appeal website, and announced by Frank Turner on Twitter, he calls for people to get behind the hospice’s major refurbishment appeal and make a donation to help fund the building work.
On the film Frank said: “Personally I’ve been down to visit the hospice and it was an amazing and moving time and a project definitely worth supporting.”
Naomi House is seeking to raise more than £4 million to completely refurbish the 17- year-old building and dramatically enhance the technology available to seriously ill children from across seven counties in southern England.
Plans include building a new bereavement suite, creating bigger bedrooms and making dedicated spaces for music therapy, messy play and arts and crafts.
So far the hospice has managed to raise almost £2 million towards the Caterpillar Appeal, including a grant of £500,000 from NHS England and a number of major gifts from trusts and foundations.
Work has begun on the Sutton Scotney site, including demolition of the hospice’s ageing hydrotherapy pool.
To view the video and support the Caterpillar Appeal visit caterpillarappeal.org.uk.