Our new family room opens at the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle

by Helen Forrow
Hospice Manager

The new Lindisfarne Suite has opened at the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle

Last Friday, we were delighted to officially open a new Lindisfarne suite, designed especially for families, at the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle. Director of Nursing Dee Sissons was on hand to cut the ribbon. The event was celebrated by hospice staff, volunteers, patients, relatives, and local supporters.

The Lindisfarne suite is a purpose-designed, self-contained area, including a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, living area, kitchenette and garden, all allowing for one family to spend vital time together. It gives families the chance to have total privacy and relax.  The design of the room itself allows for loved ones to be physically closer to a patient.

Local sports fanatic Richard Holmes recently passed away at the hospice following a six-year battle with a brain tumour. His family were the first to benefit from the Lindisafarne suite. His mum Linda, a secondary school teacher, talked about how the new suite helped her family: “I was able to lie with Richie for four hours before he passed away. The suite gave the whole family the room to be together and to actually be physically close to Richie. It will be absolutely wonderful for other families to stay there.”

The name Lindisfarne was voted for by staff, patients, relatives and volunteers at the hospice and was inspired by Lindisfarne Castle, a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island off the northeast coast of England. The castle is noteworthy as a peaceful and calm place.

The Lindisfarne suite was created by converting two existing bedrooms at a cost of just over £65,000. The majority of the funds for the work came from The League of Friends with the remainder coming from Marie Curie supporters.