Duchess of Gloucester Opens New Hospice Unit
The Duchess of Gloucester officially opened a refurbished inpatient unit at the Heart of Kent Hospice. The new unit was the result of a £286,000 grant provided by the Department of Health, with the goal of improving the environment for the terminally ill adults who are served by the hospice.
According to an article from Kentnews.co.uk, the Duchess was welcomed to the area by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, and was greeted at the Heart of Kent Hospice by its patron, Viscountess Monckton of Brenchley. The Duchess spent time meeting with members of the project team, and also unveiled a plaque created in honor of her visit.
Some of the renovations to the unit include improved lighting, new bedding and curtains, as well as a new floor and a new bathroom. These improvements were funded by the grant, while additional improvements including a family bedroom and therapy room, were funded by the Frances Winham Foundation, the Genzyme Corporation, and the Caron Keating Foundation.
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