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Duchess of Gloucester visits Leonard Cheshire disability home in Sandbach

PUBLISHED: 18:21 25 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:54 20 February 2013

HRH chats to resident John Steele and Ilyas Khan, Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability, when taking tea with some of the residents

HRH chats to resident John Steele and Ilyas Khan, Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability, when taking tea with some of the residents

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester, visited Leonard Cheshire Disability's home in Sandbach and received the warmest welcome from staff and residents.

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester, visited Leonard Cheshire Disabilitys home in Sandbach and received the warmest welcome from staff and residents.


At the request of Her Majesty the Queen, the Patron of Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Duchess represented the Queen on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of The Hill opening in Sandbach. Her Royal Highness also officially opened the new state-of-the-art home, Hill House, which has replaced the old home on the same site.


Her Royal Highness extended her visit to allow extra time to meet residents and tour the facilities. Before she left, the Duchess officially declared Hill House open and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

In her speech, the Duchess said how much she had enjoyed the visit and praised the excellent facilities at Hill House. She complimented the staff on their hard work.
The residents were excited to meet the
Duchess who chatted with many of
them and saw them enjoying several
activities. Annie Maddocks, Hill House
manager, said: The residents and staff
were honoured to welcome Her Royal
Highness. She was very interested in our
work with the disabled people who live
at Hill House and it was nice to receive
her praise for the facilities. The visit will
be remembered by everyone for a long
time to come.


The print version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Cheshire Life

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