Royal treat for Pontefract hospice volunteers

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Volunteers and staff from Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice were treated to a trip to Prince Charles’ official London residence.

Bosses at the hospice organise an annual trip to Clarence House as recognition for the support given by volunteers, staff and businesses.

This year’s group was joined by staff from the Castleford Marks and Spencer store, which has chosen the hospice as its charity of the year.

Amanda Jubb, hospice marketing and communications officer, said: “The trip to Clarence House is a lovely opportunity for staff to see where Prince Charles lives.

“The staff there were lovely – they couldn’t do enough for us.”

Among the group that made the trip to London was 90-year-old hospice volunteer John Askew, who has helped in the hospice kitchens for more than 17 years.

Jill Evans, hospice catering manager, said: “They made a real fuss of John while we were there – he loved it.

“He even got the chance to meet the Clarence House chef.”

Volunteer Jean Stride, 80, who works in the hospice’s Knottingley shop, also took part in the trip.