A MEMBER of the royal family was on hand to officially open new hospice facilities for use by people in Burton and South Derbyshire.
Princess Alexandra toured St Giles Hospice, in Whittington, to unveil a plaque marking the revamp of parts of the site.
The royal, who officially opened the hospice in 1983 and opened St Giles’ facility in Sutton Coldfield in 2008, found out how the hospice’s facilities have evolved during a tour with group chief executive Peter Holliday.
She also will met St Giles staff, patients and volunteers during the visit.
She then unveiled a plaque to mark the recent refurbishment of the day hospice, which has been completely refurbished with a grant from the Department of Health, and support from various charitable trusts and foundations.
A class of schoolchildren greeted the princess.