Bishop visits town’s hospice

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The Bishop of Wakefield Rt Rev Stephen Platten visited Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice to see the work done to support patients.

Bishop Platten met hospice chaplain Fr Stephen Hotchen to see the work he does with patients and their families at the Halfpenny Lane care centre.

Bishop Platten said the work done by staff at the hospice was valuable.

He said: “I am always pleased to come back to the hospice. It really feels like a place you would want to be.

“There is a lovely atmosphere and a strong sense that all staff care for their patients.”

Bishop Platten spent time visiting patients in the hospice’s day therapy and in-care unit.

He said: “The staff and all people at the hospice really support the patients. I am really pleased Stephen has come to be chaplain at the hospice.”

It costs around £2.2m per year to keep the facility open and it relies on donations for most of this.

The hospice receiveda boost last week when it was awarded a £210,000 grant from the Department of Health.

The Express reported last week that the money will be used to allow patients families and carers to stay overnight for the first time.

Three additional bedrooms for patients are also planned thanks to the money, which is a share of £60m awarded to hospice’s nationwide.

To support the hospice visit www.pwh.org.uk or call 01977 708868.