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Submitted by lcarson on 31 March, 2015 - 11:21

Katharine House Hospice welcomed the Worshipful the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Sutherland to the hospice on Friday to mark the unveiling of a commemorative stone, celebrating 25 years of caring for people in Stafford.

The Mayor assisted by Cecilia Warrender unveiled the stone in front of an audience of patients, staff and trustees.

Hospice Chairman, Lady Judith Mitting, explained that the stone commemorates 25 years of support the hospice has received from the community of Stafford, without which Katharine House Hospice would not be what it is today.

The stone was donated by Staffordshire Stone earlier this year and has been engraved by local stonemasons Oliver and David Cooke. 

Trustee Ian Wilson said “When we received the stone, I knew that Oliver and David were the people to help with the engraving as they are very supportive of the community and they appreciate the work that we do here at the hospice”.

The Mayor, Councillor Ray Sutherland said “I am delighted to have been invited to be part of this ceremony as the civic representative for all the people of Stafford Borough who have helped the Hospice.  I always enjoy coming to Katharine House, it is one of my charities and is very close to my heart.  It’s wonderful to meet the local people being cared for here.”

Katharine House Hospice would like to thank Staffordshire Stone for kindly donating the stone, David and Oliver Cooke of Stowe by Chartley, Stafford who co-ordinated the sourcing, engraving and positioning of the Stone and to Traction Equipment, Stafford who provided the tele-handler that helped to install the stone in the hospice grounds.