One year anniversary of fatal St Leonards hospice fire

Two people died after the fire at St Michael's Hospice

Two people died after the fire at St Michael's Hospice

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The fatal fire at a much-loved hospice in St Leonards was exactly a year ago today (Monday, July 11).

St Michael’s Hospice was severely damaged by the fire deemed an arson by police as two patients died.

Rodney Smith, 67, of Quarry Hill, St Leonards, was charged with arson with intent to endanger life but died in prison before he appeared in court.

A 78-year-old woman also died shortly after the fire but it was not confirmed whether her death was linked to it.

Jill Moon, 62 and David Denness, 81, both died at the Conquest Hospital several hours afterwards having suffered smoke inhalation.

Much of the hospice was damaged with all the in-patients having to be relocated and an estimated £4m needed to refurbish it.

A Phoenix Appeal for £1m was set up in October and it has nearly reached its target thanks to the generosity of the area.

The Observer Series is proud to sponsor the appeal and join the hospice in thanking everyone for their support.

Anyone who would like to get involved to support the hospice and the appeal contact the fundraising team on 01424 445177 or email phoenixappeal@stmichaelshospice.com.

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