FORMER Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd (pictured) was VIP guest at the opening of a new extension at Kirkwood Hospice, Dalton.
The new centre is the base for the hospice's family care team, which provides emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families.
Baroness Boothroyd, born in Dewsbury, said she gave it her whole-hearted support.
The new room replaces cramped facilities which were in a busy part of the hospice.
It will provide a more peaceful and calm area for helping people who may be upset and distressed.
As well as the counselling facilities, there is a complementary therapy treatment room and space for the hospice chaplain.