Queen to visit Thames Hospicecare tomorrowBy Jennie Slevin
November 27, 2012
A charity will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a visit from the Queen next week.
Her Majesty, who opened Thames Valley Hospice in 1988, will be returning to the headquarters of the now Thames Hospicecare to mark the celebration.
Patients, staff and fundraisers will meet the Queen on Wednesday, November 28, but for one volunteer it will be the second time the pair have met.
Adele Silvey, who works in the Day Support Unit at the charity’s site at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, welcomed the Queen when the Windsor hospice opened 25 years ago.
Adele, 69, said: “I’m not sure she will remember me but I have no doubt that she will remember everything about the hospice, and will be just as keen to know what we have planned for the next 25 years.”
Adele welcomes patients, answers the phone, makes tea and coffee and serves lunch.
She said: “Most importantly I chat to patients and listen to what they have to say about their week and how they feel.
“It’s such a privilege to be a volunteer at the hospice – I’ve met some truly courageous and inspiring people.
“It’s hard to put into words what a wonderful place the hospice is. When people walk through the doors they feel immediately at ease; there’s a warmth, a sense of calm, but also cheerfulness and reassurance.
“It’s like being in your own home surrounded by people that care about you. I think HM The Queen was struck by that on her first visit and I hope she will feel the same when she returns.”
The Queen will also be unveiling a plaque commemorating 25 years of palliative care.