LES BOURGS Hospice has a Royal Patron.
Clarence House has officially confirmed that The Prince of Wales has become Patron of Les Bourgs Hospice – his first Patronage in Guernsey.
‘We are absolutely delighted that His Royal Highness has very kindly agreed to become our patron for the next five years. This is a singular honour, which marks the next chapter in the story of Les Bourgs,’ said chairman Mike Tanguy MBE.
Jurat Tanguy said he had invited The Prince of Wales to become patron following last summer’s official opening.
‘The visit by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall was a tremendous success, culminating in the official opening of Les Bourgs by Their Royal Highnesses. It was purely wishful thinking when I asked whether this might possibly extend to a Patronage, so I was both amazed and delighted when a letter of acceptance arrived from Clarence House this month.’
Guernsey’s Lieutenant-Governor Air Marshall Peter Walker said that he warmly welcomed the news of the Patronage.
‘To have The Prince of Wales as Patron is a powerful endorsement of the Bailiwick’s approach to hospice care and recognition of all the support and hard work that islanders have freely given,’ he said.
Jurat Tanguy added that having such a well-respected member of the Royal Family as Patron was very important to Les Bourgs Hospice.
‘The hard work never stops but this gives us renewed focus and energy for the future. Fundraising and volunteering remains as vital as ever in order that we can continue to offer the care and support we do to islanders with life-limiting illnesses.’
A spokesperson for The Prince of Wales said:
‘The Prince of Wales is delighted to take on the Patronage of Les Bourgs Hospice. His Royal Highness was particularly impressed by the careful design of the building as he is keen that hospices adopt a therapeutic environment.
‘Their Royal Highnesses remember fondly the warm welcome they received during their visit to Guernsey last summer.’
The rebuild of Les Bourgs Hospice was completed at the end of 2011 and the new building was officially opened on 19 July 2012 by Their Royal Highnesses. The Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal, which was the biggest fundraising appeal ever launched in Guernsey, reached its £4m. target in October 2012 with the final amount needed being raised by the Million Pound Lottery.