August 1 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Hospice patients were paid a Royal visit last week as a memory tree was unveiled on site.
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Queen’s cousin, made the journey to St Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower where she chatted with staff, patients and their loved ones.
She was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir David Brewer and hospice chairman Dr Robert Weatherstone, before launching the new hand-carved tree sculpture, which contains leaves for people to dedicate to loved ones.
The princess dedicated a leaf to her late husband Sir Angus Ogilvy, and when unveiling a plaque, said she was “delighted” to visit the hospice.
Chief executive of St Francis, Pam Court, said: “We were honoured to welcome Princess Alexandra. We very much appreciated the time she spent meeting our patients, supporters, volunteers and staff.”
Among the patients the princess spoke to were retired police officer Richard Fagg, from Rainham, who coincidentally had been on duty at her wedding in 1963.