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The Prince of Wales visits Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
22nd December 2014
The Prince of Wales meets patients and staff at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
The Prince of Wales visited Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice today, meeting patients and staff of the charity.
His Royal Highness has been a Patron of Sue Ryder ”“ Leckhampton Court Hospice since 1986 and every other Christmas visits to spend time with patients, and hear about the work the hospice is doing.
On arrival, The Prince was met by Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director and Sue Ryder CEO, Heidi Travis. His Royal Highness went to the art studio and spoke to Day Hospice patients about their watercolour paintings and shared techniques.
The Prince was updated on the new Day Hospice, which officially opened in June 2014, following donations from local supporters and a grant from the Department of Health.
The King’s Fund, of which The Prince is President, supported the hospice on the interior design of the new building, ensuring a healing and tranquil environment was created.
During the visit, The Prince was shown the Day Hospice’s new treatment and therapy rooms, where Sandra Flannagan, Day Hospice Manager, talked to The Prince about how the hospice is able to offer onsite blood transfusions and other clinical treatments, allow patients to retain their independence for as long as possible.
The Prince also met nurses, support staff and the Hospice at Home Manager who he spoke to about the services they offer the community.
Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director, concludes: “Christmas should be time of celebration and even though our patients and their loved ones are going through a very difficult time, we strive to make sure that they have as enjoyable a time as possible.
“We cannot thank The Prince of Wales enough for taking the time to visit us just a few days before Christmas, and for giving our patients and their loved such an extra special memory that they can treasure forever.”
The Prince of Wales meets patients at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice