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Written by Al Findlay   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 23:08

A warm welcome greeted patients arriving at the new £1.2m Hospiscare Kings House Day Hospice which opened in Honiton on February 17.

HospiscareThe sun shone brightly into the south facing King Street building as staff and volunteers welcomed patients with hugs and big smiles. Patients spent the morning chatting and looking around the centre before enjoying a hot lunch cooked on the premises, some patients also enjoyed complementary therapy treatments.

On Saturday March 14 and Friday March 27 Hospiscare will be hosting public tours of the day hospice which has been partially funded by huge community support from people across East Devon. The day hospice will be open from 10am to 3pm.

“Come and have cuppa with us,” said Katie Chantler, Hospiscare head of fundraising. “We’d love to show you around and see how your support will make a huge difference to people with life limiting illnesses.

“It’s an amazing building and we are so excited as it means we can offer even more help to local people and in a fabulous space. We are so grateful to all the wonderful fundraisers who have already raised £275,000 towards our appeal - £25,000 over our target! Thank you so much.”

Local Hospiscare specialist nurses previously based at the town’s hospital are now enjoying a spacious new office as well as very welcome new chairs. Hospiscare day care services previously provided in Seaton have transferred to the new centre.

The heart of the centre is a large multi-purpose comfortable and flexible lounge with stylish homely soft furnishings. There is also a quiet room for contemplation or conversation, an education room, a consultation and therapy treatment room.

A popular room will be the assisted bathroom with therapeutic mood lighting, water massage and music for lovely bubbly baths and personal care – one patient is already looking forward to a big bubbly bath.

There are also educational facilities for the training of healthcare professionals and students. Patients will have access to palliative care specialists for support, advice or treatment.

Hospiscare announced the £1.2m project in 2012 and received a grant of £510,000 from NHS England as well as generous pledges from its sister charities, Budleigh, Exmouth and Sidmouth Hospiscare. The £250,000 appeal paid towards equipping and furnishing the building.