Hospice welcomes HRH the Earl of Wessex

01 July 2014

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) has performed the official opening of the new Woodview Centre at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

HRHOn Monday, June 30th the Earl was welcomed by children from four local schools as he arrived at the Hospice on Kildare Street.

On entering the Woodview Centre the Earl was greeted by a party which included Mayor of Wigan Cllr Phyllis Cullen and Hospice Chairman David Mayes in addition to Hospice Chief Executive Dr Alan Baron and Clinical Director Chris Duddle who both escorted His Royal Highness on a tour of the new building.

The £1.5m centre houses the Hospice In Your Home team and the Hospice Nurse Specialists - both of which work directly in the community supporting people with life-limiting illnesses. The Earl met both teams on the decking at the rear of the Woodview Centre and then proceeded to a counselling room and a therapy room where he talked to staff and patients.

He visited the Outpatient clinic to meet Hospice Consultant Dr Aruna Hodgson and a patient before stopping at the inpatient unit where he spoke to patients, family members and nurses.

A group of volunteers and trustees greeted the Earl before he made his way to the main Hospice reception where he unveiled a plaque and signed the visitors' book.

Dr Alan Baron, Hospice Chief Executive, said: "We were delighted that His Royal Highness kindly agreed to visit the Hospice to officially open our new Woodview Centre.
"The Earl looked around our beautiful new building and met some patients, staff and volunteers en route. A number of patients were presented to the Earl and they had been really excited at the prospect.
"It has been a real honour for the Hospice, its supporters and the community it serves to have had such a senior member of the Royal family attending. We gave him a proper Wigan welcome and made sure that, like all our visitors, he felt well and truly at home."


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