Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Royal Trinity Hospice today to officially mark the beginning of its 125th anniversary year. The Duchess has been Patron of the charity for 10 years.

During the visit, The Duchess met staff, volunteers and patients in Trinity’s Outpatients Centre and saw physiotherapy, complementary therapy, art therapy and relaxation group sessions in action. Following this, Her Royal Highness toured the Inpatient Centre and met patients and their families before joining donors, staff and volunteers at a reception where she unveiled a commemorative plaque and was presented with a posy by Reuben, the grandson of one of Trinity’s patients.

The Duchess also learned more about Trinity’s 125th anniversary campaign, which aims to raise £3.5million to open a new Royal Trinity Centre. The Centre will provide more services within easier reach for people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and their families in the north part of Trinity’s catchment area. It will also host a café and information centre, providing a safe space for everyone to contemplate, talk about and plan for death.

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Royal Trinity Hospice, said, “I was delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to Trinity at this important milestone for the charity. We are thrilled she has been able to see the range of support available at the hospice and to hear our exciting plans for the year ahead. We look forward to inviting The Duchess to visit the new centre when it opens in 2017.”

Before leaving, Camilla praised the hospice's efforts, saying: "Every time I come here I see something new. It seems to go from strength to strength. It's a pretty special place. You don't think of hospices as being uplifting, but you come here and you go out feeling better."