The Duchess of Cornwall to Visit Prospect Hospice in Swindon

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall browse a fruit stall during a visit to Swiss Cottage Farmers' Market in London.


Monday 20th January 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall, President, will visit Prospect Hospice in celebration of their 40th anniversary year and to unveil a new embroidery designed by Marlborough Embroiderers Guild, hand-sewn for the milestone.

Prospect Hospice

Prospect Hospice is a local charity that supports a community of more than 300,000 people in Swindon, Marlborough and North East Wiltshire. The hospice cares for and supports around 7,300 patients, carers and family members each year, offering a range of services developed to bring care, comfort and confidence at life’s most difficult time. For patients, there are teams of nurses, doctors and therapists, bringing care at the hospice in Wroughton, at the outreach centre in Marlborough, in their own homes as well as care homes, and through a palliative care team based at the Great Western Hospital. Carers and family members are also helped with access to services designed to support them following the death of a loved one who received care provided by the hospice.

In 2020, Prospect Hospice celebrate 40 years of delivering these vital services to local people and is proud to be able to offer them free of charge. This is thanks to the dedication of the local community that continues to raise these vital funds.

Her Royal Highness has been President of Prospect Hospice since August 2013.

Marlborough and District Embroiderers Guild

The group meet in Lockeridge in Wiltshire and arrange stitch days, speaker workshops and tutored courses for those with a passion for embroidery or who are looking to learn a new skill. They also run a Young Embroiderers group which meets during school holidays and is aimed at girls and boys aged 6 to 18.

The embroidery has taken over 30 women from the group, four years to complete and depicts flowers mentioned in the poem ‘All These I Learnt’ by travel writer Robert Byron. The poem was read by The Prince of Wales on BBC Radio 4 to celebrate National Poetry Day in 2006.

The scene on the embroidery represents Savernake Forest in Wiltshire and is divided into three parts showing the forest in spring, summer and autumn. Each flower was individually drawn by organiser Margret Heath before they were painted onto cloth and sewn over. The finished embroidery will be revealed for the first time during Her Royal Highnesses visit to the Hospice.

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