The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Helen & Douglas House on the afternoon of Friday 9th May to celebrate Douglas House’s 10th birthday.
The Duchess, patron of the charity, toured the building and spoke to children, young adults, staff and volunteers. During her tour of Douglas House, the Duchess enjoyed a performance by Oxford student a capella group, ‘Out of the Blue’ including Happy Birthday and unveiled a portrait of herself by artist Ruth Heppel. She then cut the 10th birthday cake and met families including Ian and Val Bell, the parents of Douglas, after whom Douglas House was named, in the hospice cafe. The Duchess then joined everyone for a 10th birthday photograph in the hospice garden.
The Duchess of Cornwall said “The is the most inspiring and uplifting place to come to. You go away feeling better which is what a hospice should do. It is also the flagship of children’s hospices around the world, from small beginnings to great things."
On her departure, she was presented with a decoupage gift made in the Douglas House art room by guests staying at the hospice.