Duchess of York visits Woking Hospice

Sarah, Duchess of York officially opened the new patient care facilities at Woking Hospice on Friday on the 8th May 2009.

It was a chance meeting with Sue Spencer, Major Events Manager at the Hospice that prompted the Duchess to visit. When she heard about the Hospices fantastic work, she was determined to fit in a visit among her many other charity responsibilities.

The Duchess was greeted by the Mayor of Woking, Councillor Peter Ankers and Chairman of Trustees David Perry. She was then given a tour of the new facilities and visited patients on the ward taking time to talk to them and their families and then gave a speech before officially opening the facilities.

“I want to thank everybody for coming today, it’s not just about the lovely people here it’s about the ladies on the reception the moment you come through the door. There is a friendly face and a loving and warm embrace and then to go through and see all the lovely people here who just give so much.

Most importantly I think that it doesn’t feel that anyone’s ill here. I think that’s a huge testimony to all of you. From the front desk to the ward, you all join forces to make people’s lives better.

You really couldn’t get a more fantastic feeling from today, it is a great example of unity. I will definitely support you in every way I can.”

More time was then spent with patients in day care and the Duchess was presented with a “Budgie cake” handmade by Katy Duggan, 12. The cake was based on the books that the Duchess has written.

The whole visit was very special for everyone involved, the Duchess was so warm and caring and spoke with ease to everyone that she met.