Prince Edward visited St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney this week much to the delight of staff, volunteers and patients.
The Earl of Wessex, in his role as Patron of The London Gardens Society, visited Hackeny to see the award-winning gardens which are located in the hospice.
Michael Kerin, St Joseph’s Hospice Chief Executive said: “We provide holistic care for mind and body and the gardens reflect the need for a peaceful and tranquil space for patients, their families, visitors, staff and volunteers to be able to sit and enjoy the colour, light, seclusion and privacy they bring.”
After meeting the Queen’s youngest son, a patient at the hospice said, “I was very excited that His Royal Highness took the time to talk to me, you don’t get to meet a member of the Royal family every day.”
St Joseph’s is one of the largest hospices in London and provides vital support to people from around London who are suffering with terminal illness. Support is also provided to the patient’s families during the difficult times.
To maintain the services it offers, St Joseph’s Hospice must raise around £7 million every year.