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Work has been underway on a quiet space dedicated to patients flying in from the Isle of Man for treatment or medical appointments in the UK.
The space, located in the upper level of the departure lounge in the terminal, adjoining the Multi Faith Prayer room, has been funded by the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group to ensure those undergoing treatment have the option to wait in a quiet space before boarding their flights.
Robert Hough, Chairman of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented, "We greatly welcome this splendid initiative by the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, which we have been delighted to support. The links of the Airport and of the wider Peel Group with the Isle of Man have always been strong. I am sure that the provision of this facility, where passengers can sit quietly, reflect and just have a few minutes to themselves in their own particular way will be greatly appreciated".
Christina Smith commented, “Customer experience is always high on our priority list at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and we always aim to offer a faster, easier, friendlier experience to everyone who visits. Liverpool John Lennon Airport have worked with the Isle of Man Patient Transfer Service for many years and understands how important it is to provide choices for travellers within the departure lounge to complement the main seating areas, food and beverage offerings and central assembly areas for travellers with reduced mobility. The Quiet Area is a great addition to the terminal and will hopefully benefit those who travel through on a regular basis”
Isle of Man spokesperson for Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, Julie Stokes, said: 'We are very pleased to see the Quiet Room opening after several months of work. It is a facility which will greatly benefit patients travelling from the Isle of Man and will be open to all Isle of Man patients using the Island's Patient Transfer Service, not just breast cancer patients.
'The funding of the Quiet Room was helped by the generosity of the Gough Ritchie Trust; BHX, a Manx company which is part of the Egan Reed Group, and especially Steve Robbins, for all their help with the furnishings.'
Carole Male, Liverpool spokesperson for the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group added: 'We would also like to thank John Whittaker whose company owns Liverpool Airport. Mr Whittaker is, of course, an Isle of Man resident himself and he has taken a personal interest in the project.'
Photo Caption: Members of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group and Peel Chairman, Robert Hough, celebrate the opening of the Quiet Space at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
(L-R): Ann Dowd (Treasurer), Carole Male, Julie Stokes (Chair), Karen Wagstaffe (Secretary), Robert Hough (Chairman of Peel), David Gawne MBE (President)
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