HRH The Princess Royal Visits Strathcarron Hospice   

Categories: People & Places.

On July 4th, 2023, HRH The Princess Royal visited Strathcarron Hospice, meeting individual patients in the In-patient Unit, as well as staff and key supporters.

In Strathcarron’s 42-year history the HRH The Princess Royal has visited the Hospice 37 times since its first birthday in 1982. This year, the feeling was celebratory, as it is the first time that face masks have not been worn due to COVID-19 regulations.

Irene McKie, CEO Strathcarron Hospice, “We all look forward to our annual visit from HRH The Princess Royal. It is a special date in Strathcarron Hospice’s diary and there is always a great atmosphere in the Hospice in the days running up to her arrival. It is fantastic that she can devote so much of her time to be with us.

Each patient will receive a printed photo of their private meeting with her. We know these become treasured family mementos of a lovely day”.

Those specially chosen to attend:

Members of our Retail and Compassionate Communities team  

  • David Rennie and Fiona Hannah from Strathcarron’s Retail team and Hannah Gray, Strathcarron Compassionate Communities team met with HRH The Princess Royal to present the storyboard of the opening of charity’s biggest ever retail unit. More than three times larger than the current store it replaced in Stenhousemuir, the new premises includes a Public Living Room. The introduction of this new space in Strathcarron’s Stenhousemuir store on 1 July, is to facilitate community connections.

A warm and welcoming area, it is available to the public during the opening hours of the shop. Funded by the Falkirk Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, it is an opportunity to sit and relax and have a (free) coffee and a blether.

A tour of the new extension to the Hospice  

  • HRH The Princess Royal met with the design team from Fleming Builders, DMA Partnership, Clancy Consultancy, KKE Architects and JMP Group to view the spacious, new and improved Hospice extension.Strathcarron Hospice has been caring for patients and their families from across all our local communities for over four decades, and although the charity has made improvements over the years, these new facilities and space will enable the Hospice to continue to deliver better service and care for patients.

The plans include a welcome upgrade to the staff changing area, as well as a new consultants’ room, a large meeting room, and a kitchen. It will make a huge difference to staff and patients alike, creating more space for patients and their families. The new building is expected to be complete by early Autumn.


About Strathcarron Hospice

We support people across Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth living with a life limiting condition. We help to make every moment count for patients and their families, so that they can live well with their illness and make the most of the time they have, and when the time comes, to die well.

Strathcarron Hospice needs to raise around £102,000 a week to provide all their services, which are free to those who use them across our local communities.

As well as In- Patient and Hospice@Home care, our highly skilled multidisciplinary teams include Nursing teams, Patient and Family Support (social work), Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacist, Chaplains, Complementary Therapists, Consultants in Palliative Medicine and Specialty Doctors.

As a charity, Strathcarron Hospice is funded by the people we serve. They walk, run, cycle, jump, bake and go to many other amazing efforts to fundraise for their local Hospice. Strathcarron simply cannot continue delivering our valuable services free of charge, without the ongoing support of our communities.

With only one third of our hospice funded by the Government, we are incredibly grateful to our generous supporters who make up the significant shortfall.

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