HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, 21st in line to the throne, visited St Michael’s Hospice yesterday (16th April) to launch Hospice Neighbours. He also unveiled a new sculpture entitled ‘Vol au Vent’ which was created by Ev Meynell and kindly donated by James and Angela Sellick of Pashley Manor.
During his visit, the Queen’s cousin also met some of the volunteers behind Hospice Neighbours, the new community outreach scheme, and learn about the invaluable work they will be doing.
The new initiative places the Hospice’s services right at the heart of the community. The scheme will be operated by local people volunteering their time to become ‘Hospice Neighbours’, supporting those who are living at home with a life limiting illness. The volunteers will pledge regular hours to assist with everyday tasks such as cooking, shopping, daily chores, pet care or just dropping in for a cup of tea and a chat.
This is not the first Royal visit made by The Duke of Gloucester, he last visited the Hospice back in 2008, at the time of their 21st anniversary, to plant the very first St Michael’s Hospice Rose. Bred by Lionel Poole and sponsored in memory of the late Stuart Farndale, a long standing supporter of the Hospice, it still blossoms to this day in the Hospice rose garden and also in many gardens throughout Hastings and Rother.