Yesterday, Princess Beatrice was in North Manchester ahead of the new Grace’s Place hospice.
The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met with families who will benefit from the new hospice being open.
Princess Beatrice is patron of Forget Me Not Children which is a charity that “provides care and support to children with life-shortening conditions.”
Grace’s Place is part Forget Me Not hospices which took over the centre earlier this year and provides care for families in North Manchester.
Upon arrival, Radcliffe Hall Primary School students were onsite to greet the princess, waving their Union Jack flags.
Princess Beatrice was shown around the new facility by Grace’s Place manager Kirsty Frank before chatting with the families. Part of her visit was to raise awareness of the £60,000 goal the new centre needs.
They hope to open in 2018 and will care for 650 children with life-shortening conditions.
One of the new features Princess Beatrice was shown was a new hydrotherapy pool. There is also a sensory room and rooms for counselling both children and the families.
As she left, the princess was gifted with flowers from 7-year-old Takoda who received a warm hug from Beatrice before taking off.
According to the Grace’s Place website: “Forget Me Not is a charity which already runs a Huddersfield-based children’s hospice, which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. Children’s hospices is all we do: we’re not big and corporate; we’re small and caring, and we love to show new and better ways to do things. Now, we plan to breathe new life into Grace’s Place and to provide the same fantastic care and support as at Huddersfield.”
They are encouraging schools, groups, businesses or just individuals to get together to help raise the needed funds for the new hospice.