St Vincent’s Hospice
Local patients at St Vincent’s Hospice were delighted to receive a visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex at the end of July when he was visiting Glasgow in his capacity as President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant and the Chief Executive of the Hospice, Kate Lennon, he toured the building and spoke to many patients, families, volunteers and staff. Kate Lennon said “it was wonderful to have The Earl of Wessex visit us here at St Vincent’s Hospice. He spent time with patients and families talking about how our care services have benefitted them”.
His Royal Highness commented on the contribution made by the Hospice’s many volunteers, without whom the Hospice could not operate. He also met long-serving staff and acknowledged the level of care and professionalism which patients and families receive. During his visit His Royal Highness had tea with day hospice patients, met a young person who receives bereavement counselling and spent time at the bedside of an in-patient.
On-X Linwood Sport and Community Centre
Later that day, His Royal Highness also visited the On-X Linwood Sport and Community Centre when he spent an hour and a half talking to people who use the sport and leisure facilities there and the associated Milldale Learning Disability Centre which is a key part of the support Renfrewshire Council provides for adults with learning disabilities. Provost Anne Hall of Renfrewshire Council said “We are delighted and honoured to welcome His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to the Centre”.
At the Milldale Learning Disability Centre he met senior managers, those working there and some of those who use the facilities, such as computer and art & craft facilities. During his visit, His Royal Highness also had an opportunity to see and hear about a wide range of facilities offered at the Sports Centre to support athletes and nurture future competitors, including its competition swimming pool, modern fitness suite, multiuse sports hall and studios. He met a wide range of people who use and work in the Centre, including managers and staff, children attending a Kid’s Camp, those using ‘Families First’ Services and swimmers involved in Ren 96 who were training in the competition pool that day. HRH unveiled a commemorative plaque at the end of his visit.