A CARE centre which supports the families of patients in Kirkwood Hospice has celebrated its first anniversary.
Former Commons speaker Betty Boothroyd, now Baroness Boothroyd, opened the building on July 18 last year.
The centre, at the entrance to the hospice at Albany Road, Dalton, provides a tranquil base where families, including children, can be offered support during illness and in bereavement.
Patients, relatives and carers are offered one- to-one counselling, there is also group information sessions and coffee mornings for adults who can meet other bereaved people.
Children can attend the special Kirkwood Koala Club, where they meet other children who have lost a loved one in a specially-designed children's play room in the centre.
Complimentary therapies are available to relieve stress and spiritual and religious support is given by the chaplaincy team.
Fundraising manager Annabel Arkless said prior to the new family care centre being opened, the family care team worked in a noisy, busy part of the hospice.