New furniture range boosts Blackburn hospice


Fittings help achieve a less-clinical feel to revamped unit

Chairs and tables from Knightsbridge Furniture have been installed in communal areas at Blackburn’s East Lancashire Hospice.

In shades of chocolate, red and natural beech, the furniture was ordered as part of an extensive refurbishment programme jointly funded by the Department of Health and the local community. It involved the upgrade of inpatient and day therapy areas, enlarging bedrooms and creating new communal spaces.

Founded by anaesthetist, Dr Merton Seigleman, in 1984, the facility was the first palliative care centre for people living in Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

The new furniture has been designed to avoid creating a clinical or institutional feel to the building, with Hallam electric recliners offering discreet drip-stand locators, padded arms and extra support for the head and lumbar regions.

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Also used were items from the Melrose range, with high-back chairs matched by compact tub chairs and two-seater settees. In addition, three-seater Lynx collection sofas and a Lynch triple bench have also been installed, as well as Vienna club chairs and sofas, Radley armed chairs and Islay high-back seats.