eden valley hospice
Rory visited Eden Valley Hospice’s Durdar Road, Carlisle base on Friday, where he met with staff and Board members of the renowned Cumbrian hospice charity, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Guided by Chair Carol Ferguson and Head of Nursing Services Gillian Ward, the local MP visited the day hospice, adult in-patients’ ward, out-patients’ clinic and children’s day and respite care centre, and chatted with doctors, nurses and administrative staff. He has promised to support the Hospice’s fundraising efforts in whatever way he can.
Rory said: “Cumbria’s hospice tradition is legendary: in both Eden Valley Hospice and Hospice at Home we have two enormously impressive home-grown charities that provide the most crucial of support at what is the most difficult and challenging time in a person’s – and their family’s – life. Not only that, but in their newly-built wing they have provision for pre- and post-bereavement care that they offer for as long as needed. Above all, the Eden Valley Hospice is a place of real light and joy: I could sense a very calm and caring atmosphere, created no doubt by the wonderfully positive and thoughtful staff, and a dedicated group of around 400 volunteers who support them.”
Picture: Rory with Carol Ferguson (centre) and Gillian Ward (left) and nurse’s in the children’s activity room of the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle