A NEW centre at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice will be officially opened today (Friday).
The John Cheverton Centre, at the Newport hospice, will be opened by Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White at 4pm, in a launch event to show people around the new £2.2 million facility.
Becky McGregor, clinical centre manager at the hospice, said: "We have had services open since the beginning of September but this event will be a chance for people to see the new centre in action.
"Staff will be there to show people around and talk them through it all."
The centre, based at the refurbished Halberry Lodge, has become a new home for some of the existing facilities at the hospice, and has also enabled new services to be provided.
Becky added: "We now offer a new drop-in support service, either for anyone with a life-limiting illness, or someone affected by one."
As well as a support and information centre, the John Cheverton Centre has landscaped gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy, a hairdressing salon, a cafe with free wi-fi access, and improved facilities for treatments such as psychological support and physiotherapy.
The funding for the centre came from a grant from the Department of Health’s capital grant programme, and private funding and donations, including a substantial sum from the estate of Brighstone man John Cheverton.
Becky said: "The new facilities combine information, education, social and therapeutic activity in a safe and supportive environment to promote the joy of living for those suffering from any life-limiting illness."
For more information on the centre, call 01983 535320, or to go directly through to the support centre, call 01983 535319.