Bishop visits town’s hospice

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The Bishop of Wakefield Rt Rev Stephen Platten visited Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice to see the work done to support patients.

Bishop Platten met the hospice chaplain Fr Stephen Hotchen to see the work he does with patients and their families at the Halfpenny Lane care centre.

Bishop Platten said the work done by staff at the hospice was valuable.

He said: “I am always pleased to come back to the hospice. It really feels like a place you would want to be.

“There is a lovely atmosphere and a strong sense that all staff care for their patients.”

Mr Platten spent time visiting patients in the hospice’s day therapy and in-care unit.

He said: “The staff and all people at the hospice really support the patients. I am really pleased Stephen has come to be chaplain at the hospice.”

The hospice received a £210,000 grant from the Department of Health last week.

The money will be used to allow patients families and carers to stay overnight for the first time.