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Dedicated family room opens at Queen’s Hospital in memory of beloved Upminster grandfather

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 22 May 2018

Dennis’ family in the new Dennis Den with members of BHRUT Trust’s Palliative Care team and Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins.

Dennis’ family in the new Dennis Den with members of BHRUT Trust’s Palliative Care team and Chief Executive, Matthew Hopkins.

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A dedicated room for terminally ill patients and their loved ones has officially opened at Queen’s Hospital in memory of a beloved grandfather.

Dennis’ Den was built in memory of Dennis Sullivan, 63, who died of cancer at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The bright and welcoming room can be used as a place for loved ones to spend private time together when dealing with a terminal diagnosis or as a place to break bad news to children.

Dennis’ wife Janet, 66, said: “It’s a great legacy to him. It’s amazing to see it and I’m so pleased that other families will be able to benefit from it.

“Dennis was in hospital for six weeks and with the wards being busy, we found there wasn’t always somewhere for all the family to sit.

“It’s nice to have a place like this to come to, and it’s important near the end.”

The family, including Dennis’ three sons, John, 40, and twins James and Chris, 35, John’s wife Laura, 39, and daughters Nancy, nine, and Charlotte, seven, raised around £6,000 for Dennis’ Den.

They completed marathons, held quiz nights and Charlotte and Nancy are continuing to raise money for King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity by taking part in children’s triathlons.

Additional funding for the room was donated by the Harold Wood League of Friends group.

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