Leicester

Work on hospice therapy wing and refurbishment finished

  • 21 September 2010
  • From the section Leicester

Work on a £4m therapy wing and refurbishment of the Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough has been completed.

The new building includes a hydrotherapy pool and a state-of-the-art multi-sensory room.

Rainbows is currently the East Midlands' only hospice for children and teenagers.

Managers said the development meant it could offer continuous support to young people aged 18 and older for the first time.

'End uncertainty'

Chief executive Geoff Ellis said: "The previous facilities at Rainbows were unable to frequently cater for young people when they reached 18, resulting in a potential need to transfer to an adult hospice, which can be difficult for everyone involved.

"However, the new therapy wing and additional bedrooms will end this uncertainty and increase access to the many children and young people who depend on our invaluable service."

The hospice has now increased its number of bedrooms to 14 and refurbished the ones already there.

Rainbows was founded in 1994 by Gail and Harry Moore after the death of their daughter, Laura, who was had leukaemia.

It officially opened in 1995.

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