Work starts on The Sanctuary

PUBLISHED: 09:47 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 17 January 2014

Artists impression

Artists impression


The new year got off to a good start for Thames Hospice as it welcomed Francis Construction to begin work on ‘The Sanctuary’, a new facility that will be built on land adjoining the back of its Windsor site

The Sanctuary is a unique, spiritual indoor and outdoor space that will give patients, their loved ones, staff and volunteers somewhere to reflect, think or to simply have some peace away from the Inpatient Unit.

The first turf was ceremoniously cut by Jacqueline Clark, Chief Executive at Thames Hospice. Jacqueline said: “We are all thrilled and excited about this new facility. The Sanctuary is a further example of our continued commitment to meet the growing needs of our local community and to transform palliative and end of life care. It will give everyone much-needed contemplative space.”

The Sanctuary, due for completion later this year, has been made possible through part funding from NHS England and the kindness and generosity of individuals remembering us through a gift in their will.

Peter Blackshire, Pastoral Care Lead at Thames Hospice, added: “The Sanctuary will be a wonderful and beautiful facility to enhance the emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing of our patients, their loved ones, staff and volunteers, providing space for them to reflect and supporting everyone to find meaning and purpose for themselves.”

Visitors to The Sanctuary will be able to transform and tailor the indoor space using mood lighting and, via a 3 metre wide screen, listen to sounds and view pictures from our library or upload their own personal music and images to reflect their feelings. With space for up to 30 guests, The Sanctuary will host patients’ special occasions as well as our ‘Time to Remember’ and ‘Light up a Life’ ceremonies.

The setting and magnificent new landscaped gardens will help to make these ceremonies even more memorable. Alongside the construction of The Sanctuary, car park capacity will be increased by 20 spaces.

Dr Cecily Wright, Palliative Care Consultant at Thames Hospice, said: “Many organisations, including the World Health Organisation, recognise that when confronted with serious or terminal illness, the spiritual needs of a patient often become as important as the medical and physical aspects of care. The Sanctuary at Thames Hospice reflects this view and will enhance the holistic and medical care that we provide for the wellbeing of our patients.”

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