The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, who is Patron of the League of Friends of the Kent & Canterbury Hospital, opened the Joan Bourner Diamond Jubilee Suite for relatives on 1 April 2015.
The £150,000 Diamond Jubilee Suite will enable relatives of very sick patients a private space to rest and sleep. The suite has two separate relatives’ hospitality rooms, a shared kitchen, toilet and shower facilities. Each room has tables, chairs, a television and special reclining chairs for rest and sleep.
The suite was made possible by generous donations to the league particularly a large legacy to the League from the late Joan Bourner, a substantial gift from Jean Macefield Miller, the Nailbourne Group of the League and Central League funding.
Dr Stuart Field, Chairman of the League said: ‘We are delighted with the final result of the conversion which means relatives now have a space to go to at a very difficult time. The League of Friends is pleased to have made this significant contribution to the services the Kent & Canterbury Hospital can offer.’
Nicholas Wells, Chairman of East Kent Hospitals, said: ‘I’m so grateful for the generosity of the League of Friends in helping us to provide this much-needed facility for relatives in their time of need.”
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury
Ann Taylor - Lord Mayor of Canterbury
Dr Stuart Field - Chairman of the League of Friends of Kent & Canterbury Hospital
Nicholas Wells - Trust Chairman
Sue Cook - Consultant Nurse in Palliative Care