Jean-Pierre Rubs Shoulders With Royalty At Hospice Celebration
OP Jean-Pierre Parsons, Vice Chairman and long-standing Trustee of Staffordshire-based Katharine House Hospice, rubbed shoulders with royalty in the summer when Princess Alexandra visited the charity to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of providing day care services,.
Jean-Pierre takes up the story:
"The Hospice offers its services to patients free of charge and we raise our income, through a grant from the NHS which covers around a quarter of our operating costs, by operating a chain of shops in the mid Staffordshire area, from donations and legacies and by holding fundraising events.
"We have hundreds of volunteers who give their time freely to help in any way they can. Our funds enable us to employ professional medical, nursing and other therapy staff who provide services to patients not only in the in-patient unit at the Hospice but also in the community."
He continues, "Princess Alexandra visited us on 13th June to celebrate our providing 25 years of Day Care services. She really was wonderful and spoke to everyone, patients, staff, volunteers and our supporters. I hope you will note that my Old Princethorpian tie was worn with pride.
"I am currently Vice Chairman and have been a Trustee for approaching nine years so my tenure will soon be up. The role is voluntary and it has been a real privilege."