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HRH The Countess of Wessex opens The Sanctuary at Thames Hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:08 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:08 27 October 2014

Guests at Thames Hospice welcome the Countess

Guests at Thames Hospice welcome the Countess

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HRH The Countess of Wessex has opened The Sanctuary at Thames Hospice after faith leaders from across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire blessed the multi-denominational, spiritual space.

The pioneering new facility allows patients and their families to reflect on lives with their loved ones. Whilst many hospices offer more traditional chapels and places of worship, the £700,000 revolutionary facility is made up of sensory mood lighting and AV equipment.

Jacqueline Clark, Thames Hospice CEO, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex back to Thames Hospice to officially open The Sanctuary. The sun shone on what was a beautiful day to bring together our distinguished guests, volunteers and staff, and celebrate our wonderful new facility.

“The launch was everything we had hoped for and now we can properly welcome our patients and their loved ones to find peace and tranquility in this dedicated spiritual place.

“The kindness and generosity of legacy donors has played a huge part in making this possible, together with a Department of Health Hospice Grant.

The Mayors of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell and Slough joined Thames Hospice Trustees, staff, volunteers, patients and their families, and guests in welcoming Sophie and celebrating the pioneering new development.

Debbie Raven, Director of Patient and Family Services, said: “Their blessing has really cemented its place in the Hospice as a spiritual, tranquil, uplifting and reflective space for our patients, their loved ones and our staff and volunteers. We feel incredibly privileged to have The Sanctuary and are eternally grateful to our supporters in enabling its inception.”

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