Ikea donation helps make Northern Ireland Hospice patient facilities a 'home from home'
The Northern Ireland Hospice has put the finishing touches to its Family Garden and private bedrooms thanks to a donation.
In response to an appeal to fit-out its new 18 private bedroom facility, Ikea Belfast donated a range of garden furniture, which allows patients and families to use the centre's private patios.
The new £13m adult hospice opened in May, and as well as the bedrooms and tranquil garden areas, it offers a day hospice, outpatient clinic, community nursing hub, education and research centre and public spaces, including a soon-to-open public cafe.
The Family Garden, which has been created for patients to relax and host family gatherings, has seen the addition of Ikea barbecues, benches, outdoor dining tables, chairs and parasols to create a "home from home experience".
Each of the 18 bedrooms in the dementia-friendly hospice has a private garden so among the donations was a set of patio furniture for each room, with cushions and arm rests – the small things that will provide more comfort for the patients and their families.
In total, the investment of the donation reaches over £4,000.
Northern Ireland Hospice chief executive Heather Weir said: “The gesture made by IKEA was overwhelming. It may be easy to quantify the costs of materials such as garden furniture but it is impossible to measure the value of memories they help create for families of loved ones being cared for by Northern Ireland Hospice.”
After two years of construction and fundraising, the first patients were welcomed to the all-new hospice in May.
Each year, the NI Hospice cares for 3,000 adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It costs £6m to per year to maintain the highest quality adult care services in the new hospice and in the community.