Worthing care home receives a royal visit

Princess Alexandra's visit to Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, Worthing
Princess Alexandra's visit to Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, Worthing

A WORTHING home, which provides care for ex-servicemen and women, was visited by a member of the royal family.

Princess Alexandra, president of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, in Boundary Road, paid an informal visit to the home on Wednesday, April 4.

The princess was met by the home’s chairman, Colin Field, as well as the lord lieutenant of West Sussex, the high sheriff of West Sussex, the chairman of West Sussex County Council and the chief constable of Sussex Police.

After meeting John Paxman, chief executive of the hospital home, the princess was taken inside for a tour of the building to meet staff and residents, and see the results of the recent £650,000 upgrade of the home’s bathroom facilities.

The upgrade was aimed at boosting levels of accessibility for disabled residents, with the addition of user-friendly features such as motion-activated lighting, adjustable-height sinks, and overhead tracking hoists.

Later in the afternoon, the princess spent time with residents in the social and recreational department, before making her way to the coffee lounge area, where she had a cup of coffee from the new coffee bar.

She was presented with a posy by resident Carl Grosvenor before saying goodbye to staff who had gathered outside.

Mr Paxman said: “It’s such a boost for our residents, staff, volunteers and families to know that Princess Alexandra supports our work and is interested in finding out more. We are really delighted she was able to meet our residents, staff and volunteers, and hear first-hand about the effectiveness of our work.”

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home has been caring for disabled ex-service men and women since 1919.

The home’s residents represent all three services: Army, Navy and RAF, and have a variety of disabilities, including arthritis, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and cancer.