His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met with patients of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice last week during a special pre-Christmas visit.
The Prince of Wales has been Patron of the hospice for 32 years. During his visit he spoke to patients, volunteers, nurses and support staff, and also sat with patients in the day hospice art room as they created Christmas crafts.
Charles Bishop was joined by his partner Lara Elliott and eight-year-old daughter Hollie Bishop in the art room. He said:
“It was a once in a lifetime experience to meet His Royal Highness. He was a true gentleman and it was an extra special moment for Hollie who was really excited to meet him as it’s her birthday this weekend. It’s a special memory that will last forever.”
Day hospice patient Beverly Creary, 72, also spoke to His Royal Highness. She said:
“It was a dream come true to meet His Royal Highness. It’s the first time I have met a Royal and I was so excited. I wanted to tell him how wonderful his charity work is, and I also told him how warm and welcoming all the staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice are. I am so happy right now. It’s really brought on all the Christmas feelings for me!”
During the visit His Royal Highness also spent time at the bedsides of patients in the specialist inpatient unit, speaking with them individually as well as their families. Victor Neave was painting in his room when he met the Prince of Wales. He said:
“His Royal Highness was very easy to talk to. I was really pleased he complemented me on the skill of my painting of a spaniel.”
The visit was an extra special one for the charity, inviting His Royal Highness to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday year by planting a Yellow Norwegian Maple within the hospice grounds.
The commemorative tree and plaque has pride of place in the hospice’s new woodland walk. This has recently been made more accessible to patients and visitors with a wheelchair-friendly walkway thanks to a donation from The Charles Irving Charitable Trust.
Elise Hoadley Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said:
“We are delighted His Royal Highness made a pre-Christmas visit to spend time with our patients, families, volunteers, supporters and staff. He has been visiting us for over 30 years as our Patron, and his kindness means so much. His visits are a very special occasion and create special memories for everyone here.”
Before departing His Royal Highness met with hospice supporters and donors, whose vital assistance means the hospice can continue to be there for local families when it matters.
School children from Prestbury St Mary’s Church of England School gathered in the courtyard as His Royal Highness departed, performing Christmas carols to an audience of parents, family and friends.
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