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Countess of Wessex opens new hospice facility

As a special guest, The Countess of Wessex officially opened a new state-of-the-art facility at the Thames Hospice in Windsor last Wednesday.

HRH The Countess of Wessex meets patients onboard the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital as Patron of Vision 2020 and Global Ambassador of IAPB in 2013.

HRH The Countess of Wessex meets patients onboard the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital as Patron of Vision 2020 and Global Ambassador of IAPB in 2013.

The facility, which is designed to be a ‘haven’, has been named ‘The Sanctuary’ and provides a space for residents and their families to spend time together and reflect. Intended as an alternative to a traditional chapel, it features sensory mood sounds, music and lighting, a 3m cinema screen and landscaped gardens.

According to Thames Hospice, The Sanctuary offers “a tranquil space away from the busy Inpatient Unit for patients, their loved ones, staff and volunteers. The Sanctuary is a special area for patients’ individual reflection, religious and civil ceremonies, or to spend time with their families and carers during personal visits.”

Speaking of the facility to The Windsor Observer, Jacqueline Clark, the Chief Executive of the Hospice said:

“We are delighted to announce the opening of The Sanctuary, another hugely important facility providing peace and tranquility for our patients and families. The kindness and generosity of legacy donors has played a huge part in making this possible, together with a Department of Health Hospice Grant. We see this as an important facility that we are pleased to add to our services to support the people of Windsor and surrounding areas.”

The Countess of Wessex is known for her large involvement and support for a number of organisations and has made numerous visits to hospices this year including the Lewis-Manning Hospice, Poole in May and the St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood in June. Sophie has a strong interest in providing opportunities for both those with disabilities and young people, in particular those with sensory, learning and communications disabilities and supports a number of organisations and charities which focus on these, including Dyslexia Action, Mencap, the National Autistic Society, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Vision 2020.

More information about the work of Thames Hospice and their new facility, ‘The Sanctuary’ is available on the Hospice’s website.

Image Credit: Orbis UK via photopin cc

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