Hospital site under way

Della-May, Melissa and Lilly Vining (14) at the Southland Charity Hospital building.

BLAIR Vining would have been 41 last Thursday.

Instead of celebrating with him in person, his wife and children visited his grave to show him the newly granted building consents for the Southland Charity Hospital.

The Southland-based cancer care advocate died of bowel cancer in October 2019.

His wife and hospital board member Melissa showed their children, Della-May and Lilly, around the gutted hospital building for the first time last Thursday.

Previously the Clifton Club Inn, the building is undergoing a transformation.

Bonisch Consultants managing director Boyd Wilson explained the bones of the old building would remain, but the project required it be gutted and portions to be rebuilt.

Mrs Vining was excited to see what would be the community room being transformed into something special.

It would open up on to the Blair Vining memorial garden.

The build was expected to be completed by April next year and would provide healthcare, by referral, to those in Southland and Otago who were unable to access treatment through either the private or public systems.