Princess welcomed at Worthing hospital home for disabled ex-Servicemen and women

HRH is presented with a posy by QAHH resident, Ted Bullen
HRH is presented with a posy by QAHH resident, Ted Bullen

Residents and staff at a hospital home which supports disabled ex-Servicemen and women received a royal visit from a princess, whose great grandmother was instrumental in founding the home.

HRH Princess Alexandra was welcomed at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), of which she is President, on Thursday, September 22.

HRH meets QAHH supporters, Staff Sgt Vance Walker and Lieutenant Whittington

HRH meets QAHH supporters, Staff Sgt Vance Walker and Lieutenant Whittington

Simon Knight, deputy lieutenant of West Sussex, introduced her to the home where she was greeted by Sean McDonald, the mayor of Worthing, Alex Bailey, chief executive of Worthing and Adur Councils, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, James Fanshawe, QAHH chairman, and John Paxman, QAHH chief executive.

The Princess was then taken on a tour, where she met and spoke with residents and staff.

At the end of the tour, Ted Bullen, a veteran of the Second World War and a QAHH resident, presented the Princess with a posy.

The Princess was also introduced to some key supporters of QAHH, including staff Sgt Vance Walker and Lieutenant Whittington from the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery at Thorney Island, and representatives from BAE Systems in Rochester.

HRH Princess Alexandra meets QAHH resident, Patrick Coffey

HRH Princess Alexandra meets QAHH resident, Patrick Coffey

Mr Paxman said, “On behalf of everyone here at QAHH, I would like to thank Princess Alexandra for coming to visit.

“It really has been a memorable occasion and I am pleased that so many of the residents were able to meet HRH.

“We are delighted that Princess Alexandra continues to support the Hospital Home – and continues the legacy of her Great Grandmother, Queen Alexandra who was instrumental in founding The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home.

“This year we celebrate 97 years of operation and we will continue to provide outstanding care and rehabilitation to all our disabled ex-Servicemen and women for many years to come.”

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, a registered charity, provides care and rehabilitation for an average of 140 residents a year, many of whom have multiple disabilities, from neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Acquired Brain Injury or Motor Neurone Disease, to others who are paralysed.

The home receives no government funding and raises over £1.3 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services.

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