HRH Princess Alexandra visited Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice on Thursday 13 February to round off 40th anniversary celebrations. The Princess officially opened the hospice in 1979 and returned to unveil a Birmingham Civic Society blue plaque to honour Monica Pearce, the hospice’s founder.

The Princess – who has a keen interest in health and social care – met the expert team of doctors, nurses and others who provide care, and joined patients and volunteers in the Day Hospice at a therapeutic arts session.

Lynne Stephenson, a patient who met and chatted with the Princess said: “I have been a patient at Birmingham St Mary’s for over two months and during that time it has made a positive on impact to my life. As I’m sure the Princess would have seen during her visit today, the Hospice is a wonderful place full of love, laughter and life.”

Helen O’Halloran, nursing director at the Hospice who took the Princess on the guided tour said: “We were delighted that the Princess was able to unveil Monica’s Pearce’s Blue Plaque, recognising our founder’s unwavering commitment to transform care across our city and beyond. We’re incredibly proud of our history, so thank you to Princess Alexandra and the Birmingham Civic Society for choosing to honour Monica Pearce’s wonderful legacy today.”

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