Special guests attend grand opening of Enfield
CategoryNorth London Hospice
Dignitaries joined staff and patients in officially opening North London Hospice in Enfield yesterday. Around 100 invited guests celebrated the occasion at the state-of-the-art facility in Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill. The star of the evening was patient Eleni Robb who marked the opening by cutting a ribbon at the entrance of the building alongside the Mayor of Enfield Councillor Kate Anolue and MP for Enfield-Southgate David Burrowes. Earlier that day the 76-year-old had enjoyed an art therapy session and some pampering in the new building – just some of the services the hospice will offer to patients and their carers. From L -R: Mayor of Barnet Councillor Brian Schama, Chief Executive of North London Hospice Douglas Bennett,patient Eleni Robb, Mayor of Enfield Councillor Kate Anolue, Mayor of Haringey Councillor David Browne and MP forEnfield-Southgate David Burrowes North London Hospice has provided care and support services for outpatients from Barnet, Haringey and Enfield for almost 20 years. Until now, those services have all been provided from an established inpatient hospice in Finchley. The new Enfield facility, which will offer an enhanced range of services, will allow the hospice to reach three times as many members of the community who have a life-limited or terminal illness and their carers. Volunteer Joe Attridge, whose wife Anna died at the hospice back in February 2006, gave a heart-warming speech to guests explaining the difference the day services will make to people’s lives. Joe said: “I am so excited that North London Hospice in Enfield is now open. I have never been involved in a new project but this is so special because it is helping people in the community live their lives. “The building is lovely as is the gardens but the life of the hospice, the heart of the hospice is the patients. Day services are a lifeline to patients. It lifts their spirits – sometimes it’s the only time they leave home in a week. “My wife Anna found the hospice to be a safe, caring and loving environment at a time of great vulnerability. She called it a home from home. The day services will provide a breather for loved ones and will give patients the opportunity to spend time with others who can both sympathise and empathise with them.” Guests were able to explore the building, which has a number of treatment rooms to provide specialist procedures; counselling and spiritual care. In addition, massage, reflexology, creative and complementary therapies will be available to reduce anxiety, assist in pain relief and control other symptoms.