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The Sanctuary opens at Thames Hospice

The Sanctuary at Thames Hospice Image copyright Thames hospice
Image caption The Sanctuary is separate from the hospice's in-patient unit

A £700,000 "state-of-the-art haven" is opening at a hospice in Windsor.

The Sanctuary at Thames Hospice features sensory mood sounds, music and lighting, a 3m (9ft 10in) cinema screen, and landscaped gardens, as opposed to a traditional chapel.

Jacqueline Clark, chief executive, described it as a "hugely important facility... to support the people of Windsor and the surrounding areas".

The Countess of Wessex is opening the new centre.

Ms Clark said: "It will allow patients to reflect on their lives with their loved ones.

"What we've tried to create is something that's a multi-denominational space away from our busy in-patient unit."

It was funded by donors and a Department of Health hospice grant.

The charity provides nursing and medical care to local people with illnesses from which they are not expected to recover.

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