THE DUKE of Westminster opened a refurbished facility for parents of sick children being treated on the children’s ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The duke was accompanied by the trust’s chief executive, Peter Herring and chairman Sir Jim Sharples, along with members of staff and the community to see the opening of Christopher Wing on Wednesday morning.
The wing was originally opened in 1998 following the fundraising of Tim and Gill Worrall and was named after their son, who died in 1994 of a brain tumour.
Throughout their time at the hospital, Tim and Gill felt it needed a space where families could go to rest or to simply have some quiet time close to their children and helped to raise the necessary funds.
The wing needed updating so the Chester Childbirth Appeal donated almost £90,000 toward its refurbishment.
It has been made more spacious, easily accessible and welcoming, and the overall facilities in the kitchens and bathrooms have been completely modernised.
A quiet room was also built for counselling parents and for breaking sensitive news in private.
While unveiling the new facility, His Grace the Duke of Westminster said: “As a parent myself I understand the importance of this facility and I am very impressed with it. I want to pay tribute to Mr and Mrs Worrall, who originally provided this facility, and the Chester Childbirth Appeal.”
Chester Childbirth Appeal founder Pat Daniels MBE said: “We are very grateful to His Grace for sparing the time from his busy schedule to open the Christopher Wing. The Chester Childbirth Appeal celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. During that time it has raised more than £1m.”