Woking & Sam Beare Hospices leads the way in UK hospice care with a Royal opening of its brand new state-of-the-art hospice in Woking, Surrey.
We were delighted to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO for a special tour of our brand new hospice care facility in Goldsworth Park Centre, Woking on Tuesday 05 December. As part of this visit Her Royal Highness officially opened the 20-bed facility, on a day that was a celebration of what the hospice, its staff and volunteers have achieved. As well this day was the perfect opportunity to thank those supporters who have made the new build possible.
We care for over 1,400 patients, their carers and families each year. We specialises in delivering holistic care for patients with progressive advanced conditions free of charge across Surrey and our care is delivered in the community in patient homes, in care or nursing homes or through its in-patient ward in the hospice; as well as through the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre, which offers day care services to all its patients and carers.
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments: “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.
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.”
As part of HRH The Countess of Wessex’s tour she meet several patients and their families on the ward, as well as a truly special birthday treat for one patient who was celebrating her 70th birthday. Then when HRH visited the Bradbury WellBeing Centre she was able to make a wish come true for day patient Tom Callaghan, who has always wanted to meet a member of the Royal family.
To mark the occasion HRH The Countess of Wessex unveiled our official opening plaque and signed the hospice visitors’ book and she spoke of how impressed she was with the building and thanked all those who have contributed to make the new hospice possible.
This very special visit then concluded with HRH 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 she was just eight when he died. Chloe has raised over £2,000 for the hospice and at the Italian 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 concludes: “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.”
To view some of the images from this Royal Opening event please click here.