The first brick has been laid on the site of the Royal Borough's planned new hospice.

It was laid on the site next to Bray Lake on Tuesday by the hospice's chief executive Debbie Raven and by Tamra Booth and Tim Potter - who are trustees of the Shanly Foundation which donated £400,000 to fund the Day Therapy Suite at the new hospice

The Shanly Foundation - which handles charitable donations from the Shanly group of construction companies - has been a loyal supporter of Thames Hospice at is current site in Hatch Lane, Windsor for over 17 years, donating more than £125,000.

Debbie Raven said: “We are enormously excited and hugely grateful for the generosity of the Shanly Foundation in making our dream become a reality. This dedicated space will allow us to double our day service provision meaning we can for the first time, offer support sessions specifically for younger adults and carers desperately needing a break.

“The Shanly Foundation’s donation will make a difference to thousands of local families every year who urgently need to access our support and care.”

The Day Therapy Suite will also offer a wider range of therapeutic and social activities for day patients and inpatients including music and art therapy, and complementary therapies such as massage and acupuncture.

Tamra Booth, Trustee, Shanly Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that in our 50th year, we were able to give our largest donation ever given by the Shanly Foundation to Thames Hospice. We have been in discussions with the hospice team for a considerable time regarding their plans for the new hospice and we are thrilled that the monies will be used to pay for an essential Day Therapy Suite”.

For all the latest news about the new hospice build visit www.thameshospice.org.uk/newbuild. Comapnies or individuals who would like to support the hospice should contact Sarah Bissell on 01753 842121.