Royal seal of approval for new hospice

Princess Beatrice at Forget Me Not childrens  hospice in Huddersfield which she officailly opened by unveiling a sculpture by Pat Walls.  21 June 2013.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Princess Beatrice at Forget Me Not childrens hospice in Huddersfield which she officailly opened by unveiling a sculpture by Pat Walls. 21 June 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Her Royal Highness Beatrice of York has agreed to become the Royal Patron of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Princess Beatrice officially opened the hospice in June and met the children and families whom they care for and given a tour of the premises.

Following the opening in a letter, she said: “I was so impressed with the atmosphere you have created at the hospice and I had a real sense that this was a place of hope in some of the darkest days of a family’s life, I know that you will go from strength to strength and offer support to many more families in West Yorkshire. Thank you so much for sharing the wonder of the magical place you have created.”

The hospice will be the third charity to have Princess Beatrice as their Royal Patron.

The hospice’s chief executive Peter Branson, said: “When HRH officially opened our hospice in June she was enchanting in every way – she was wonderfully natural and engaging with the children and families she met, and she charmed all the people who had the honour of being introduced to her.

“Above all, the moment which was truly magical was seeing HRH hold the hands of one of the children we care for as she knelt and spoke to her.

“For this little girl who has to face so many challenges the moment she spent holding hands with a real princess will undoubtedly stay with her and her family for the rest of their lives.

“We are thrilled that HRH Princess Beatrice of York has agreed to be our Patron, her involvement with our charity will help us to build awareness and to reach out to more families who need our help.”