Hereford & Worcester

Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish opens new hospice centre

Jess Varnish opens hospice centre
Image caption Jess Varnish opened the Coppice Centre, which is used to support patients' families

Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish has officially opened a family centre at a Worcestershire Hospice.

The Coppice Centre at Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove cost more than £900,000 to build and opened to patients last summer.

Heather Coughlin, from the hospice, said the centre was designed to help support families of patients.

Varnish, from Bromsgrove, cut the ribbon before leading a 10km bike ride to raise funds for the hospice.

The Coppice Centre was largely funded thanks to a £700,000 grant from central government.

A local masonic charity also provided £40,000, with the remaining £200,000 raised by the hospice and its supporters.

Ms Coughlin said fundraising was also ongoing to pay for the upkeep of the centre and to create a new sensory garden.

She said: "We provide counselling and support to families in preparation, to those with a family member living with a life-threatening illness. Lots and lots of work goes on there.

"We also provide complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, Reiki, reflexology and Indian head massage."

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