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HRH The Countess of Wessex opens new hospice building

08 December 2017

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices welcomed HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO for a special tour of its brand new hospice care facility in Goldsworth Park Centre, Woking, this week.

As part of her visit Her Royal Highness officially opened the 20-bed facility, marking the occasion by  unveiling the hospice’s opening plaque and signing the visitors’ book

The Countess of Wessex met several patients and their families on the ward, as well as a  patient who was celebrating her 70th birthday. When HRH visited the Bradbury WellBeing Centre she was able to make a wish come true for day patient Tom Callaghan, who had always wanted to meet a member of the Royal family.

The visit concluded with Her Royal Highness being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Chloe Boyes, age 13. Chloe was six when her dad was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and was just eight when he died. She has raised over £2,000 for the hospice and at a dinner in November this year she spoke in front of over 300 people about how much being part of the hospice’s bereavement support group for teenagers, Tommy D, has meant to her.

Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, said:

“We were honoured and delighted that HRH The Countess of Wessex led our celebrations today and, after a period of huge transition, officially opened our new Woking Hospice. During her visit Her Royal Highness met with patients and their loved ones, our team of staff and supporters, without whom we could not deliver all we do.”

“The decision to merge Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge and the original Woking Hospice to a brand new state-of-the-art purpose build was primarily because we put our patients at the heart of all we do. Hospice care over the years has changed and the demands on our services have increased. We provide very personal and unique care and support plans for patients who often have very complex needs.”

“Our new build means we are now able to provide the very best in facilities; as well as creating a hub and centre of excellence in palliative care that better enables us to increase the effectiveness of our services to the changing and growing demands of our communities across Surrey.”

Among its amenities are 20 purpose-built private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, quiet and reflection rooms for visitors, two family pods with kitchenettes and entertainment for children, and garden spaces designed by this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award Winner.

Cooper concluded:

“We have been on an incredible journey over the last two years and I am extremely proud of all we have achieved. None of this would have been possible without our staff and volunteers, but also because of the generosity of so many wonderful supporters. This is a time to celebrate and I am excited about the future and being a critical part of leading the way in hospice care for many more thousands of patients, their carers and families.”

For more information visit Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

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