Friday 21st June was the official opening of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports more than 50 children and families with life limiting conditions in West Yorkshire.
HRH Princess Beatrice of York visited the hospice, met the children and families whom they care for and was shown its state of the art facilities, which include a Hydrotherapy pool, Sensory Room and Music Room.
HRH Princess Beatrice of York said ‘It is an incredible honour to be here today to see this dream become a reality. For you all to have the security of knowing you have the right team so that your children, no matter what their condition, can be supported and have their best chance. The chance to be a family, the chance to be a mum and that really is the most important thing.
With all of your support I know this place can really be the pinnacle of child care, it’s a huge honour to be here today.’
To commemorate the opening HRH unveiled a sculpture donated to the charity by local sculptor Pat Walls. The sculpture was inspired by his daughters Georgina and Beth and is a wonderful symbol of childhood, happiness and laughter, values that are at the heart of the charity’s mission to make the lives of the children they care for happier and more fulfilled.
Patrick said “The sculpture is an uplifting piece, and fits perfectly with the hospice’s ethos; it really is a place full of enjoyment, love and laughter.”
Russell House opened in December 2012 to the children and families cared for by the charity across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The hospice now complements its already well-established hospice at home service, giving families the choice of receiving care at home and at Russell House.
Peter Branson, Chief Executive said ‘I’d like to thank Linda Senior for setting up the charity and finding new supporters to pass the baton onto, at first hundreds and then thousands and now even tens of thousands who believe we should have this local children’s hospice. I’d like today to be able to thank every single one of those supporters from the little boy who sent us 20pence of his pocket money to the family represented here today who supported us with ½ million pounds over 5 years. But of course I can’t say thank you to every single one but I can hope that in the opening of the hospice we can make sure that everybody recognises their contribution to this day.’