Across the country, we are blessed with so many charities that provide invaluable support to people for all kinds of issues and, in our area, it is no different. I have been especially fortunate to visit one such charity – Thames Hospice – many times in my years as an MP and see the outstanding work they do for those people at the end of their lives.
Giving patients dignity, treating them with compassion, and providing a safe caring environment makes such a difference and is also hugely beneficial to their families during what can be such a difficult time. It is incredible that this vital service is provided free of charge, and whilst the staff and volunteers at Thames Hospice are the true heroes in this, it is in no small part also down to the generosity of our local community. I know that so many people in our area have donated time and money - whether that be local schools having cake sales or individuals working in the various charity shops. Without them, and without you, the excellent work of Thames Hospice would not be possible.
Recently, Her Majesty The Queen paid them a visit – along with HRH The Princess Royal – to formally open the brand spanking new 28 bed facility. This is truly something that is world-leading in its scope and in its state-of-the-art service that will be delivered now and for future generations. It is completely fitting therefore that this should be celebrated and recognised – acting as a shining beacon in setting the standard for end-of-life care.
I do want to pay tribute again to those that have made this possible and say a huge thank you to all the Trustees and staff at the hospice. Also deserving of high praise is Debbie Raven, the CEO, whose vision has been a huge contributing factor to the positive direction of travel we have seen over the years.
I am immensely proud to represent such a Constituency with such a generous spirit in Parliament and I will continue to sing the praises of our local heroes.