Treetops Hospice has cut the ribbon to mark the opening of its new £800,000 centre, which will provide further end-of-life care and bereavement support.
The Cheetham Centre, named after founder of the Risley hospice Cally Cheetham and situated on the 12-acre Risley site, includes five adult counselling rooms, two rooms for child counselling sessions and a room specifically for teenagers.
Funding for the building came from a £603,000 government grant and the remaining £222,000 from fundraising.
Ilkeston resident Brian Nicholson, 70, who relied on the service during and after the death of his wife in 2010, is delighted.
“It’s a unique service because the staff are always there for you – before death, after death and even now,” he said. “When you see what they’ve done and the amount of work put into making the new centre, it’s brilliant.”
The new facility superseded the current bereavement centre based above a shop in Sandiacre.
Chief executive for Treetops, George Cameron said: “The bereavement centre has transformed from the ridiculous to the sublime,” he said.
“This facility is a great asset and will really help to develop our services.”