Staff at Princess Alice Hospice embodied two of their values, Compassion and Excellence, recently when they made it possible for one of their patients, David, to
participate in his daughter’s wedding blessing alongside his wife, Carole.
When David and Carole’s daughter, Hannah, expressed a wish to have the blessing in the Hospice, the Housekeeping team sprang into action. There’s nothing they love more than a celebration so they went shopping for balloons, ironed the bunting and decorated a room close to David’s own room as a lovely surprise for the family.
In-Patient Unit staff then organised for David to be wheeled into the room with his daughter by his side, to give them that special Father and Daughter memory together. Senior Healthcare Assistant on the In-Patient Unit, Gill Sansom, said:
“The family was so happy to be able to make special memories with David and are extremely grateful to everybody on the In-Patient Unit who made it possible. It was such a lovely occasion for them all.”
Princess Alice Hospice: For Compassion. For Excellence. For People. For Living.
Princess Alice Hospice has, for more than 30 years, provided free, high-quality, specialist end of life care to tens of thousands of people across a large part of Surrey,
south west London and Middlesex. Today, at any one time, Hospice nurses, doctors and other specialist staff are looking after more than 800 people in need. The
Hospice’s mission is to reach out to even more people by delivering outstanding care to those that need it. To enable us to do this, we will rely on the commitment and
support of our communities who help us to raise vital funds.
£10.1 million is needed each year to provide these vital and much-needed services. With limited NHS funding, 76% must be generated by fundraising, retail operations,
donations and legacies.
Photo caption: L-R, Hannah sitting, her husband Chris, David (centre), Carole – David’s wife (sitting) & Jonathan – Hannah’s brother