Helen McArdle Wing Opens at Willow Burn Hospice

The Helen McArdle Wing at Willow Burn Hospice in County Durham is now open, funded by a donation of £1.5m from entrepreneur and philanthropist Helen McArdle.

Bernard Interiors designed and fitted out the interior to create an inviting and comforting contemporary environment, including bespoke cabinetry and signage. The scheme was inspired by an artwork created by patients, staff and volunteers during a project with Dry Water Arts funded by a Big Lottery Awards for All grant.

Helen McArdle said: “I am extremely proud to be supporting the hospice, which is such a wonderful organisation, as they set out on a journey that will change the face of care in the local area.

“The interior design combines comfort and style with everything that patients and staff need for care, and it looks absolutely stunning.”

Paul Jackson, chair of Willow Burn Hospice said: “The new facilities mean that we are able to care for more people and provide much-improved family support and bereavement services.

“We strive to provide a homely, welcoming environment. The interior design of the new wing not only helps patients to feel more relaxed, it helps our staff to provide high quality care maintaining each person’s dignity, privacy and comfort.”

The architect for the project was IDPartnership and the contractor was Walter Thompson.

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