SC Johnson has donated over £100,000 to fund the construction and furnishing of a family ‘pod’ at our new state-of-the-art 20 bedroom hospice.
Named the SC Johnson Family Room, the wood-clad curved structure extends out from the first floor of the hospice, sitting on diagonal steel legs which support and anchor it to the ground. The futuristic design was inspired by Woking author H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds, giving a nod to local history in the design of the building. It will provide a relaxing area for families to use, including a kitchen, comfortable seating area, toy box and television. The pod has one fully glass wall, creating a light and calming atmosphere.
Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper said: ‘SC Johnson’s incredibly generous support has ensured that our pod is fully furnished and ready to welcome patients’ families. It will be invaluable to have a place where they can go for a change of scene and to be able to make drinks and food. We understand that supporting a loved one at the end of their life can be stressful and tiring and this pod will provide much-needed peace and seclusion. I’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you to SC Johnson for their wonderful donation.’
The SC Johnson pod is one of two family areas in the new hospice, with the other being inside the main building. They are both on the same level as the patients’ en-suite bedrooms, so that relatives can have a break while also being immediately on hand if they are needed.
Our picture shows (L-R): Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser Lizzie Loveless; SC Johnson HR Director Faye Gilbert; Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper; SC Johnson Senior Associate HR and Community Affairs Noreen Mian Shafi; and SC Johnson Manager Margaret Shukla.
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