On Tuesday 13th December we welcomed HRH The Earl of Inverness to formally open our new Highland Hospice. HRH was welcomed by Norman MacDonald, Chair of the Board of Trustees. During his visit, which lasted 75 minutes, HRH was shown our brand new Inpatient Unit as well as the fully renovated Day Therapies Centre. HRH was shown round by Head of Clinical Services, kathryn Hamling, who introduced him to patients, visiting family members, staff and volunteers. HRH was in a relaxed and jovial mood and spent much of his time chatting with them.
As well as markign the formal opening of our new Hospice, the opportunity was taken to thank those involved in raising £4.5m through the Project Build Appeal. This included Appeal Committee Chair, Alan Nelson and major donors such as Tony Story from the Kingsmills Hotel which raised £114,000, Sandy Cumming from The Robertson Trust which donated £500,000 and Alan Savage from Orion Group which donated £1.25m. With the tremendous support of these and 4,000 other donors the Appeal has now reached its £4.5m target.
At the end of his visit HRH was invited to unveil a plaque marking the opening of the Hospice and was generous in his praise of the wrok undertaken by staff and volunteers at the organisation.
Norman MacDonald, Chair of the Hospice Board of Trustees said, 'We were delighted to welcome HRH The Earl of Inverness to open our new Highland Hospice. With the support of the Highland public we have acheived our £4.5m fundraising target and delivered a building offering a welcoming and claming environment with all the features a modern care facility needs. We are proud of what we have been able to provide for the people of the Highlands and I am delighted that the Earl was also impressed.'