Prince Charles visited the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract

HRH Prince Charles visits the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. Picture Scott Merrylees
HRH Prince Charles visits the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. Picture Scott Merrylees

Prince Charles was presented with a gold badge for his support for the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.

The Prince of Wales visited the hospice to see the refurbishments the building had undergone last summer.

Staff and patients lined up to meet him, some had been practising their curtsy.

Susan Buczinski, a day patient at the hospice, has incurable cancer and was referred to the hospice by her gp in January.

She said: “Its been a really good day. It was exciting to meet the Prince and he seems really interested about the hospice and the different activities and therapies.

“The staff here are marvellous, absolutely wonderful, I can’t stress that enough. They will do anything you ask it’s no trouble.”

It was the Prince’s first visit to the hospice since 2009 and over 30 years since his very first visit.

At the end of his visit, the Prince of Wales was presented with a gold badge, an honour which is given to those who have supported the hospice for 30 years.

Prince Charles said: “For me its remarkable to see the work, the difference, the experience, the unbelievable quality of care that can be offered to so many people in this area “