Duchess launches Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal

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The Duchess of Gloucester has launched an appeal to raise £6m for a new building at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

The appeal was launched on Wednesday with the planting of a ceremonial bush by the duchess.

During her visit, the duchess visited palliative care wards and met school children and dignitaries.

In the new building every patient will have a private room and the duchess said patients reaching the end of their lives deserved comfort and support.

A full report on the launch will be in next week’s Mercury.