Relatives can now spend time with patients being treated at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a new room created in memory of a charity supporter from Castle Acre.
Christine Somerville Bretten, 75, died at the hospital on February 18 last year following a battle with cancer.
Mrs Bretten’s husband David, along with daughters Claire McDermid and Sally Reid, officially opened the Somerville Room on Stanhoe ward on Monday, November 27, which would have been the couple’s 54th wedding anniversary.
Mrs McDermid is hoping relatives and patients on Stanhoe will now be able to take comfort from the room during difficult times.
She said: “The day I was told my mum had cancer was the worst day of my life. I was taken into an examination room to receive this news.
“We wanted to create a room where other families could receive and process difficult news in a quiet setting. But we also hope that the room is used for more positive occasions and allow families to spend precious time together.”
The room has been decorated in some of Mrs Bretten’s favourite colours and contains a number of landscape photographs taken by the former nurse.
Mrs Reid said: “We have brought the essence of mum into this room. It is so nice to think that we can carry on our mother’s memory.”
Mrs McDermid added: “My mother was a beautiful, very caring lady with a wicked sense of humour. We think she would have been extremely pleased with this room.”
Mrs Bretten, a volunteer for the NSPCC, was originally from Kent but lived in villages around Lynn for the majority of her life.
Deputy chief nurse Valerie Newton said: “This generous donation will make a big difference to our patients and families. We are incredibly grateful to the Bretten family for this wonderful room, which will be used by West Norfolk families in the years to come.”