Families at Butterwick Hospice in Stockton are now able to share precious time together in a purpose-built centre thanks to two furniture companies.

Independent retailer Barker and Stonehouse and long standing supplier Halo Living donated 17 pieces to the stand-alone Family Support & Complementary Therapy Centre which is used by young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The centre opened at the end of last year after a five year capital appeal.

The furniture items, which have a total retail value of over £14,000, include: armchairs, filing units, mirrors, coffee tables, bookcases and trunks.

The new centre, near the adult and children’s hospices in Stockton on Tees, provides an extensive range of services including children’s bereavement, complementary therapies education and treatments, family support services and provision of outpatients’ clinics.

Head of family support at Butterwick Hospice Hazel Saunders said: “The furniture we have received from Barker and Stonehouse and Halo Living has enabled us to fully equip our Family Support Room and other areas of the centre.

“We are now able to further develop our Sibling Support Group which is one of the many services that we provide for our families.

“It can be a challenge having a brother or sister who is suffering from a life- limiting illness and has extra needs that require around the clock care.

“The Sibling Support Group is designed to give youngsters an opportunity to meet and make friends with other children with similar experiences.

“We are extremely grateful to Barker and Stonehouse and Halo Living for this very generous level of support as without it we would have struggled to develop this service any further.”

Barker and Stonehouse managing director James Barker said: “Butterwick Hospice does an invaluable job looking after people and their families who are going through an incredibly tough time.

“It’s a great idea to give young people their own special space, and it’s vital that it’s comfortable and welcoming.

“We’re delighted to support the dedicated and caring staff at Butterwick and their young patients by providing these furnishings, and our best wishes go to everyone involved in the Family Support & Complementary Therapy Centre.”

Donations to Butterwick Hospice can be made via the website at www.butterwick.org.uk