Rugby Star Opens Society Funded Ward at St Anne’s Hospice Care

4 December 2014

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Welsh Rugby International star, Adam Jones, officially opened a newly refurbished ten-bed ward at St Anne’s Hospice in Malpas, Newport, this week as part of Monmouthshire Building Society’s aim to create lasting legacies for the local community.

This year, the Society achieved one billion pounds in assets and, to mark this momentous occasion, decided to give back to the wider local community through some unique and exciting funding projects. The funding given to St Anne’s Hospice is intended to create a lasting legacy for the Society, its members and the communities in which it operates.

The Society donated £8,000 in order to fund a complete ward refurbishment including bed linen, furnishings, curtains and entertainment to improve the experience of its many patients.

Adam, who performed ribbon-cutting duties, has achieved iconic status in the rugby world, and is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams. Adam became a patron of the Newport-based charity after his wife’s family required their support. He said: “My wife’s grandfather was in the hospice, and it is a place that my family have always held close to us and we can’t speak highly enough of the work they do. It is so good to see them being given a helping hand, and the refurbishments look fantastic.”

St David’s Hospice Care, based in Malpas, Newport, aims to provide and continue to develop a free and comprehensive palliative care service of excellence throughout Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and within South and Mid Powys for people, their families and carers facing a progressive life-limiting illness which is no longer curable.

Chief Executive, Andrew Lewis, commented: “I’d like to thank Adam for coming along to open the newly refurbished wards. The achievement of a billion pounds of assets comes as a direct result of the support of our local communities, and we’re thrilled to be able to support St David’s Hospice Care and to see such a visible impact on the wards at St Anne’s. I am certain that the refurbishments will play an important role in helping those suffering from a terminal illness.”

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