On Wednesday 26th February, Michael Sobell Hospice patients, staff and volunteers will welcome Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, as she returns to the Hospice in honour of the recent reopening of the inpatient unit after its complete refurbishment.
Dr Elaine Laycock, who worked at Michael Sobell Hospice from 1980-1992, and who has visited Serbia numerous times, commented: “It is an absolute privilege and pleasure to know Princess Katherine and to welcome her once again to Michael Sobell Hospice. I know she has done an amazing amount of Humanitarian work for many years, and that she has had a special interest in Michael Sobell since it helped to get palliative care started in her country, Serbia. I also know she rejoices with us that we are now fully open.”
She added: “I am delighted that Princess Katherine has found time in her very busy and short visit to England of just three days, to come and see us, and I know she is looking forward to meeting Gaie Scouller, grand-daughter of Sir Michael who made the generous donation to create the Hospice in 1977.”
As well as meeting patients and staff, and taking a tour of the newly-refurbished unit, Princess Katherine will be invited to view a new stained glass window, which has been designed and created by local man and son of Dr Laycock, Stuart Laycock (Stuart originally designed the very first Hospice logo in 1980), which will hang in the atrium at the entrance to the Hospice. The window will be called ‘The Sun Window’ representing a rising sun with rays spreading out to provide warmth and light.
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