Work is continuing to find accommodation for patients and their supporters attending Treliske hospital in Truro.
The Council’s Lead Member for Adults Dr Adrian Davis said that a site has been identified but requires raising at least £200,000 to be ready to open its doors.
He told This is Scilly: “We almost all depend at some time in our lives on access to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and having the best possible emergency helicopter provision means that when we have a base at Treliske we will have the ability to implement a fully integrated 24-hour ‘joined up’ travel service.”
Cllr Davis held a well-attended public meeting in February explaining his progress, after which several people came forward offering help. A further meeting between 12 people was recently held at the Chaplaincy.
“Five Trustees have been elected and will now be busy applying for legal status, setting up a bank account etc," he said. "It was also agreed to form a Support Group to lead on local fundraising and general support. Rosemary Bennett has kindly offered to help in that area and I am sure would appreciate all the help and ideas on offer.”
The local initiative spearheaded by Cllr Davis follows his meeting with Exeter Solicitors, chairs of the CIC Board that runs the Lodge accommodation at Derriford and the HeartSwell Charity after months of research on the need for accommodation at Truro.
He said: “Following some (amicable) discussion concerning just how we would manage our differing requirements, it emerged that our constrained travel circumstances results not only in a greater proportion relevant to our size but that we also have more long-term stayers.
“It was agreed that we should lead on the drive to support the provision of accommodation for all those in need attending RCHT. I would add that both organisations whilst handing over the initiative to us are keen to continue with their support where possible.”
Cllr Davis added: "As Michael White (Lodge CIC chair) has said we have to get a whole row of ducks in place… in other words jump through several hoops but in the right order. We now have a broad plan, the support of RCHT and a possible site, which though small at present has much to offer. It boils down to getting the funds which starts with setting up a charity.
"I am happy to answer all queries and accept offers of help and ideas at any reasonable time."