A HAMPSHIRE children's hospice has launched a new appeal that will see it receive a £4m refurbishment.

The Caterpillar Appeal, launched by Naomi House and jacksplace Hospice, will see a £4m refurbishment of the charity's facilities to provide better care for the 320 families it currently serves.

The expansion will include as many green features as possible and a new building management system, at the site at Sutton Scotney in Winchester, saving £100,000 per year in running costs.

Currently using two hydrotherapy pools, the hospice will downsize to just one, enabled by the new undercover bridge that will link Naomi House and jacksplace together.

The appeal was launched by ITV presenter Alastair Stewart who said it was an essential refurbishment for an exceptional facility.