The Wigan and Leigh Hospice is a charitable organisation which was founded in 1983. Over the past 30 years it has continued to provide free healthcare to hundreds of people in the nearby areas. The charity aims to improve the lives of not only people suffering from life-threatening illnesses, but also those of their families and care-givers.
During the visit, Prince Edward will launch the Woodview Centre, which is a £1.5 million facility built to accommodate 35 staff members from the ‘Hospice In Your Home’ team, as well as Hospice Nurse Specialists. This will enable the hospice to grow in the future and care for even more people than they have previously.
The Queen’s youngest son will be greeted by pupils from the nearby St Peter’s C. of E. Primary School before taking a tour of the new building and meeting volunteers, staff and patients.
The chief executive of the Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Dr. Alan Barton, has said: “It is a real honour for the hospice, it’s supporters and the community it serves to have such a senior member of the royal family attending. We will give him a proper Wigan welcome and ensure that, like all our visitors, he feels well and truly at home. It will be a proud day”.
This will not be the Prince’s first visit to the area as he paid a visit to Wigan last year when he opened the University Technical College.