MP Philip Hammond hosts exclusive reception

The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP for Runnymede and Weybridge kindly hosted an exclusive reception for the Hospices at his official residence as Foreign Secretary, to introduce and update some of our supporters about our exciting plans for the new future for hospice care in the heart of Surrey.

Mr Hammond hosted the event at the prestigious property in Carlton Gardens, London and guests in attendance included members of the Hospices’ New Future Appeal Committee, local celebrity patron Michael Aspel, and celebrated figurehead Chris Ingram. Mr Hammond introduced the event before the audience were shown a film showing what hospice care had meant to individuals within the community and why it is essential it will be there for future generations. CEO Nigel Harding, Medical Director Dr Fiona Bailey and Chairman of the committee Patrick O’ Sullivan also spoke to the audience about the Hospices’ vision to transform the provision of palliative and end of life care in Surrey.

Fundraising Development Manager, Amy Sweeting said “We would like to thank MP Philip Hammond for welcoming us and our supporters in to his private residence for this event. We are really excited to be one step closer to our vision for the future of hospice care in Surrey becoming a reality. It was great to see so many local people who are as passionate about it as we are and we’re thrilled to have the support of our community behind us as we embark on this exciting journey.”

With a loan facility from Woking Borough Council confirmed, a Capital Appeal to Trusts and Foundations and businesses was launched earlier this year to start to share the vision and raise the funds needed to see the project through. As building works progress, the appeal will be broadened to the public to include all the communities in North West Surrey.

Read more about our New Future here.