This year St Oswald’s Hospice celebrates 30 years of providing specialist care for the North East community. To commemorate this milestone, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra visited St Oswald’s to meet with patients, staff, volunteers and families.
HRH Princess Alexandra was accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Linda Wright was also in attendance.
HRH officially opened St Oswald’s in 1987 so the visit was particularly special for the staff and volunteers involved. The focus of the visit was on service developments over the last thirty years and how St Oswald’s has changed to meet the needs of North East patients and families.
Angela Egdell, St Oswald’s Director of Care Services said:
We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra back to St Oswald’s. It was an honour for us to show her how all of our services have developed and grown, with the help and support of our local communities, since her last visit in 1987. And, to give her the chance to meet patients and families who directly benefit from our care is wonderful.
Donna Laidler, mum of Lee Clark who uses our Young Adults Service, said:
It was lovely to meet Princess Alexandra. She was delightful, very relaxed and down to earth and good at putting all of us at ease. She showed a genuine interest in the Hospice, the children and wanted to learn about the work the Hospice does and how the families benefit from the services. Lee and I were thrilled to be invited to meet her and enjoyed a brilliant afternoon. The atmosphere was superb.
When Princess Alexandra last visited we only provided inpatient care but now we offer so much more, we were thrilled to be able to show her our state-of-the-art outpatient building, our Children and Young Adults Service and more. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and we hope to continue providing our specialist care for North East families for many years to come.