THAMES Hospice' campaign to raise £20,000 for new specialist beds for its patients has been given a boost - after a community group stumped up thousands.

The Windsor Lions made a donation of £3,000 - enough to cover the cost of one of the six beds the Hospice needs for its patients. 

The six specialist beds are required to replace six out-dated models and keep patients in comfort as they near towards the end of their lives.

Lions president Paul Maxwell said: “This is a classic example of how Windsor Lions can and do help the local community.

"The needs of Thames Hospice fit entirely within our Community Support programme so it was an easy decision for the Club to make.

"We know our donation will bring real comfort and relief to patients and I am delighted we are able to assist them in this way.”

Linda Nelson head of inpatient services at the hospice in Hatch Lane, Windsor, added: “We are so grateful to Windsor Lions for their fantastic help.

"It is a huge relief to us that our appeal for support has made an impact and we know that this donation will provide the momentum we need to raise the funds to cover all six mattresses.

"On behalf of Thames Hospice and all our many inpatients I would like to say a most sincere ‘Thank You!’ to Windsor Lions."