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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Prince of Wales to open hospice centre next week

Prince Charles will officially open Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s new centre in Workington next week.

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Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales, who is the charity’s patron, is due to be at the Finkle Street centre on Wednesday.

He will meet staff, volunteers and fund-raisers.

He will also spend time with people who use the charity’s services, including its bereavement support groups and lymphoedema clinic.

He will then unveil a plaque in the hospice shop, which is attached to the centre, and meet its volunteer workers.

Dr Rob Walker, Hospice at Home West Cumbria chairman, said: “We are delighted to hear that Prince Charles wishes to visit us and open our new centre.

“Opening our centre to patients in March was the culmination of a lot of hard work from our staff, local supporters, volunteers and businesses.

“Having His Royal Highness officially open the centre and meet the people who have made it happen is a wonderful thank you to them.

“Hospice at Home West Cumbria has grown and developed new services since the prince last visited in 1999.”

The £700,000 centre, formerly the Derwent Bookshop, provides the charity for the first time with a dedicated centre offering services that complement its palliative care work, which will continue.

Times & Star readers raised £21,616 to help kit out rooms at the centre in our recent Hospice@Finkle Street Appeal.

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition where excess fluid is retained in body tissue.

Prior to the centre opening, people getting treatment for lymphoedema had to be seen at temporary venues across the area.

The centre also offers complementary therapy, a family room and counselling rooms to help those with life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers.

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Posted by John Hastings on 7 April 2014 at 15:29

Excellent service which can only be improved through the new premises, my family and I have all received services to meet all our individual needs,.

Posted by Helen graham on 4 April 2014 at 11:34

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