A WIGAN charity hopes to gain the royal seal of approval when Prince Edward officially opens its new multi-million pound extension.
The Earl of Wessex will visit Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WALH) to launch the Hindley-based organisation’s £1.5m Woodview Centre on Monday, June 30.
The prince, who is the youngest child of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, will tour the new facilities which house the Hospice in Your Home service and specialist nurses as well as consulting rooms and therapy clinics.
The two-storey extension also has a huge landscaped area around a lake which provides opportunities for patients and their families to relax in peaceful outdoor surroundings.
WALH chief executive Dr Alan Baron said: “It is a real honour for the hospice, its supporters and the community it serves to have such a senior member of the royal family attending.
“We will give him a proper Wigan welcome and ensure that, like all our visitors, he feels well and truly at home. It will be a proud day.”
The Earl of Wessex will be greeted on arrival in Hindley by pupils from St Peter’s CE Primary School and head teacher Nicola Green before being shown around the building and speaking to staff, patients and volunteers.
The royal visitors will be presented to architects and builders as well as the Mayor of Wigan Coun Phyll Cullen, council representatives and directors from local health organisations.
Prince Edward will visit the in-patient unit before unveiling a plaque and signing the visitors’ book,
The Earl is no stranger to Wigan as he opened the University Technical College (UTC) last year.
The Woodview Centre forms part of WALH’s continuing efforts to provide top-quality palliative care in patients’ own homes.