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A royal visit to Dorothy House Hospice Care’s 40th birthday

PUBLISHED: 17:02 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 07 July 2016

HRH The Princes Royal visits Dorothy House Hospice Care

HRH The Princes Royal visits Dorothy House Hospice Care


HRH The Princess Royal celebrated Dorothy House Hospice Care’s 40th Birthday on Tuesday 21st June 2016

Kate Tompkins, Chair of Trustees for Dorothy House and HRH giving a speechKate Tompkins, Chair of Trustees for Dorothy House and HRH giving a speech

HRH The Princess Royal visited Dorothy House Hospice Care on Tuesday 21st June 2016 to celebrate their 40th Birthday and legacy of outstanding care for 45,000 patients, carers and families since 1976. HRH was presented to patients, volunteers and staff during a tour of the hospice.

This was HRH Princess Anne’s seventh visit to the hospice. Her first visit was to open the first Dorothy House on Bloomfield Road in Bath on 7th November 1987, and in December 1987 she agreed to become the hospice’s Royal visitor. Since then she has opened Dorothy House in Winsley and later their Outreach Centre in Trowbridge in September 2012.

During Tuesday’s visit HRH The Princess Royal also opened Dorothy House’s new 40th anniversary exhibition (kindly supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund) and film which is open to the public from 22nd June and will tour to fifteen venues across Somerset and Wiltshire this summer.

John Davies, Chief Executive at Dorothy House said: “We were honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Dorothy House to celebrate 40 years of palliative and end of life care. She is a great advocate of the hospice and her visit provides a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to more people across our 700 square mile region. The royal visit also helps us build awareness of the essential support and services we provide to 900 patients per day who are living with a life-limiting illness.

Michelle and Imogen Russell and HRH with her gift and posy from Dorothy HouseMichelle and Imogen Russell and HRH with her gift and posy from Dorothy House

“Our mission is to pioneer care and support for the wellbeing and cohesion of our community, so we may all live well until we die and do so peacefully when the time comes. My thanks to all who make Dorothy House the special place it is.”

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said: “Celebrating 40 years of providing hospice care is a real milestone. It is incredible to think that over the last four decades Dorothy House Hospice Care has supported more than 45,000 people to receive high quality, compassionate care at the end of life. As a leading care provider in the Somerset and Wiltshire region, the Hospice is renowned for its pioneering approach in palliative and end of life care. We at Hospice UK extend our congratulations to everyone at Dorothy House Hospice Care and are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal visited the hospice to mark this 40th Birthday.”

Kate Tompkins, Chair of Trustees for Dorothy House, said: “The new exhibition and film really got to the heart of what Dorothy House does best; the hospice connects patients with each other, through a range of programmes and complementary therapies, also providing vital support for families and carers. Their Outreach Centres, Day Patient services and network of hugely popular Dorothy House charity shops make a real difference where and when it matters most.”

Biddy Walcot, volunteer, said: “It was lovely to be involved in such a milestone for the hospice and understand how vital volunteers and supporters are to its survival.”

40 Stories told through 40 Objects

Dorothy House Hospice Care (DHHC) has collated 40 stories told through 40 objects that all tell a story of patients, families and carers over their 40 year history. The forty stories are beautiful illustrations of the work of the hospice and include the story of Jacqui, who is living with cancer, and how she often has her Nurse Specialist visits on her canal boat near Bath. Another story features Paul, who lost his wife Maria to lung cancer in 2014. Since her death Dorothy House has helped him learn to cook and he now often bakes cakes to raise money for the hospice. Visit our 40th birthday website and explore the journey


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