Families at St Giles Hospice in Whittington can now share a meal and special occasions thanks to the donation of a new table and chairs.

The in-patient unit at the hospice has recently been updated to incorporate a kitchen and dining space for patients and friends and family to spend time together.

When Tamworth Friends of St Giles heard that a table and chairs were required, they offered to donate them straight away.

St Giles director of nursing Katie Taroni said she was delighted at the continued support offered by the Tamworth Friends Group.

“Through talking to our patients and their families, we knew that they wanted a communal space where they could sit down together and to spend time outside their room,” she said.

“When we talked to the team at Tamworth Friends, many of whom volunteer at the hospice, they immediately offered to help by providing the chairs and table where patients could play games, take part in crafting and just spend time together.

“The room looks great and is already been regularly used by patients, friends and families as well as our computer and book clubs so we’d like to say a big thank you to Tamworth Friends for their generous donation and continued support.”

Adrian Johnson, from Tamworth Friends, said the new shared area was another way to make the hospice as comfortable as possible for patients and their families.

“The hospice is a really warm, welcoming environment and people often say ‘I never expected it to be like this’,” he said.

“We were delighted to help to support in finding more ways to make it even more welcoming for people staying with us and their families.”

Tamworth Friends has raised more than £120,000 for the hospice since the group was started and has supported a wide range of events, activities and appeals.