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St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, greets Princess Alexandra

PUBLISHED: 16:07 11 January 2018

The Princess met patients and volunteers at the hospice. Picture: St Christopher's Hospice

The Princess met patients and volunteers at the hospice. Picture: St Christopher's Hospice

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St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, was delighted to welcome Her Royal Higness Princess Alexandra today.

A patron of the hospice, the Princess visits annually.

Morgan Jones, Chairman of St Christopher’s, and Shaun O’Leary, the hospice’s Joint Chief Executive, greeted the royal, who was then taken on a tour of the wards by matron of the inpatient unit, Anne Nash.

The Princess met with patients here, and spoke to their families.

The hospice was opened by the royal 50 years ago, when pioneer Dame Cicely Saunders established St Christopher’s as the world’s first modern hospice.

The Princess also opened St Christopher’s Education Centre in 1973, and was interested to hear the latest news about the plans for a new, world-class education centre.

Buildings works are due to commence on the centre, known as the Learning Hub, in Spring 2018.

Following the visit to the wards, the Princess then met with patients, families and volunteers in the hospice’s Anniversary Centre, where the Princess was presented with flower from a volunteer.

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