The new NI Hospice facilities have been completed, thanks to a donation of outdoor furniture worth over £4,000 from IKEA Belfast. Moira Saunders, Interior Design co-worker at IKEA Belfast who supported the project, recently joined Heather Weir, CEO of the NI Hospice for a tour of Somerton House, and the gardens and courtyards where the furniture has been installed and proving invaluable to patients, families and visitors. Photography: Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

The new NI Hospice facilities have been completed, thanks to a donation of outdoor furniture worth over £4,000 from IKEA Belfast. Moira Saunders, Interior Design co-worker at IKEA Belfast who supported the project, recently joined Heather Weir, CEO of the NI Hospice for a tour of Somerton House, and the gardens and courtyards where the furniture has been installed and proving invaluable to patients, families and visitors. Photography: Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye
Photography: Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

The Northern Ireland Hospice has put the finishing touches to its Family Garden and private bedrooms thanks to a donation worth over £4,000 from IKEA Belfast.

In a response to the Northern Ireland Hospice’s appeal to fit-out its new 18 private bedroom facility, IKEA Belfast carefully selected and donated a range of beautiful and functional garden furniture which now enables patients and families to use their private patios and which also complements the stunning garden spaces.

The new £13m  adult hospice opened in May, and as well as the bedrooms and tranquil garden areas, it offers a day hospice, outpatient clinic, community nursing hub, education and research centre and public spaces, including a soon-to-open public cafe.

The Family Garden, which has been created for patients to relax and host family gatherings, has seen the addition of IKEA barbeques, benches, outdoor dining tables, chairs and parasols to create a true home from home experience.

Each of the 18 bedrooms in the dementia-friendly hospice has a private garden, so the Holywood Exchange store has donated a set of patio furniture for each room, with cushions and arm rests – the small things that will provide more comfort for the patients and their families.

In total, the investment of the donation reaches over £4,000.

Moira Saunders, Interior Design Co-worker, Communications & Design Team, IKEA Belfast supported with the selection of products for the donation, and commented; “This project was an absolute pleasure to work on. I met with the volunteers and staff at the Hospice to determine their needs and in seeing the simple comfort that a bit of fresh air and a place to sit can bring to a patient and their loved ones, we chose some quality and fun furniture to enable memories to be made in the gardens, courtyards and private bedroom patios.

“At IKEA, we’re passionate about our local community, and personally, if I can combine my love of interiors with that of making a difference to the world around us, then that’s a job well done. I hope the furniture continues to provide comfort to everyone in need of it at this superb facility.”

Northern Ireland Hospice CEO Heather Weir said: “The gesture made by IKEA was overwhelming. It may be easy to quantify the costs of materials such as garden furniture but it is impossible to measure the value of memories they help create for families of loved ones being cared for by Northern Ireland Hospice.

“IKEA is a popular brand for families in Northern Ireland and I know its customers will appreciate the generosity shown toward our organisation.”

After two years of construction and fundraising, the first patients were welcomed to the all-new NI Hospice on 25 May 2016.

Each year, the NI Hospice cares for 3,000 adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It costs £6m to per year to maintain the highest quality adult care services in the new hospice and in the community.

The new NI Hospice facilities have been completed, thanks to a donation of outdoor furniture worth over £4,000 from IKEA Belfast. Moira Saunders, Interior Design co-worker at IKEA Belfast who supported the project, recently joined Heather Weir, CEO of the NI Hospice for a tour of Somerton House, and the gardens and courtyards where the furniture has been installed and proving invaluable to patients, families and visitors. Photography: Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye