Hospice helpers given a royal seal of approval

Kara Bishop the Duke and Duchess, Cameron Schultz and hospice chairman Arnold Simanowitz

Kara Bishop the Duke and Duchess, Cameron Schultz and hospice chairman Arnold Simanowitz

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A HOSPICE welcomed royalty to a garden party held to thank its army of supporters.

Almost 200 people headed to the grounds of St Wilfrid’s, including the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who took time to chat with some of the charity’s many fundraisers, including young Cameron Schultz (pictured).

They included 25 award-winning volunteers who were each presented with awards for long service and special achievement.

Guests were entertained by the hospice choir and harpist Fiona Hosford before the Duke made a speech thanking people for their efforts.

He told staff and volunteers, “We are humbled by the sheer love and selflessness with which you give your time. “Thank you especially from all of those who don’t’ have a voice here today, but whose lives have been touched and enriched, whether they be a patient or relative, through your fantastic compassion and support.” Kara Bishop, the hospice’s chief executive used her speech to talk about the fantastic support provided by the volunteers, saying, “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enormous generosity, compassion and dedication of our volunteers.  

“On behalf of the staff and the countless numbers of patients and relatives whose lives they have touched and supported in so many ways, I would just like to say thank you.” St Wilfrid’s is currently on the look-out for more helpers and anyone who is interested should call 01323 637845 or email vsm@stwhospice.org.