Hartlepool & District Hospice’s funding boost

Hartlepool & District Hospice's trust and legacy coordinator Anne Gladwin with John Lethbridge from the Co-operative group.

Hartlepool & District Hospice's trust and legacy coordinator Anne Gladwin with John Lethbridge from the Co-operative group.

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HARTLEPOOL & District Hospice’s new complementary therapy suite will be kitted out in more state-of-the-art equipment thanks to a kind donation.

The Wells Avenue-based hospice recently opened a new Holistic Wellbeing Centre where patients can receive a wide range of holistic services.

And thanks to a £500 donation from the Co-operative Membership Community Fund, staff are now looking to add a new specialist chair, more furniture and a new music system in the complementary therapy suite inside the Holistic Wellbeing Centre.

Anne Gladwin, trust and legacy co-ordinator at the hospice, said: “Complementary therapies are available to patients and carers who may also have their own health needs and want some time for themselves.

“It is so important to create the right calming atmosphere with soothing music so patients can feel relaxed and happy.

“I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of patients and staff, to thank the Co-operative Membership Community Fund for the donation.”

Indian head massage, aromatherapy and other treatments are on offer at the £580,000 specialist centre to help relieve symptoms, control pain and improve sleep.

The centre, which opened last month on the hospice site, was funded mainly from a £510,000 Department of Health Grant as part of a £60m pot to improve hospice environments.

The building has been overseen by Hartlepool firm Gus Robinson Developments while Sweet Ps Garden Centre donated a lot of items for the sensory garden.