The Countess of Wessex visits County Durham

HRH The Countess of Wessex visited Butterwick Hospice in Stockton on Tees in the morning, to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Butterwick Hospice in Stockton offers a wide range of supportive day services for people suffering life limiting illnesses and offers care and support to patients families. Butterwick Hospice, Stockton also offers 10 In-patient beds.

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courtesy of Butterwick Hospice via Facebook feed – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery of HRH’s visit

The Hospice expertise is freely available to those living in Stockton, Billingham, Yarm, Norton and Eaglescliffe and surrounding villages. If you want to know more about the Hospice and what it offers, please check this link. Butterwick Hospice in Stockton is part of Butterwick Hospice Care, which has 2 other hospices: Butterwick House Children’s Hospice and Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland.

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courtesy of Butterwick Hospice via Facebook feed – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery of HRH’s visit

HRH officially opened Butterwick House Hospice Teenage and Young Adult Unit. The extension represents a £400,000 investment by the charity to meet the specific needs of older teenagers and young adults up to 25 who suffer from a life-limiting progressive illness.

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courtesy of Butterwick Hospice via Facebook feed – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery of HRH’s visit

“She was greeted by the hospice’s founder Mary Butterwick and trustees before moving on to visit day car patients and volunteers. Day care unit sister Kath Murphy and Margaret Conway, a creative therapy volunteer, helped patients create the painting [which was given to the Countess]. She also visited the in-patients unit and the children’s hospice, where she met with some of the older children.” More in Gazette Live article.

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courtesy of Butterwick Hospice via Facebook feed – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery of HRH’s visit
According to Peter Barron, Northern Echo editor, “Countess of Wessex kind, natural & visibly moved by patients and staff she met. Here’s article about five-year-old Adam Butterfield who wowed The Countess of Wessex during her visit to the hospice. East Durham boy Adam is a regular visitor at the hospice and is one of only around a dozen people in the UK with the chromosome abnormality Emmanuel Syndrome, which is so rare there are only 200 cases in the world.
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courtesy of Butterwick Hospice via Facebook feed – click on pic to be redirected & view full gallery of HRH’s visit

Later, HRH visited The North East Centre for Autism, the charity which was founded in 1980 by a group of parents whose children are on the autism spectrum. More on autism here. They wanted to send their children to a school where the staff understood their needs and where each child would be helped to achieve their full potential. The organisation was set up as a registered charity called “The Tyne and Wear Autistic Society”.

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© Helen Templeton; courtesy of photographer & NE Autism Society. Click on pic to view full gallery from HRH’s visit

The vision behind the centre that opened in January 2013 was to improve the range of specialist services available across the region for children, young people and adults with autism. The centre houses a new purpose built school, college, short breaks and residential accommodation. Once complete, in early January 2015, the building will provide additional teaching space for Thornbeck College. This will enable the college, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, to provide more vocational courses, including car maintenance, catering and woodwork, along with the existing subjects floristry, textiles and hairdressing.” More here

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© Helen Templeton; courtesy of photographer & NE Autism Society.

John Phillipson, CEO for NEAS said; “It has been a privilege to welcome The Countess of Wessex to Newton Aycliffe to see the centre and to meet the families that we support. The visit has enabled us to raise awareness about autism, but also demonstrate some of the highly specialist work that we do and the benefits this has on our children and young people.” Full press release here.

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© Helen Templeton; courtesy of photographer & NE Autism Society.

Finally HRH has opened County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Durham. “The new HQ is home to 130 staff and the site, which provides 30,000sq ft of office space, replaces the former HQ at Framwellgate Moor in Durham, which has now been sold.

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courtesy of CDD Fire and Rescue via Twitter feed

CDDFRS had long been looking for a new HQ building to replace the outdated Framwellgate Moor site, which opened in 1957 and had become very expensive to run and maintain due to its age.” More here.

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courtesy of Petra Silfverskiold; reporter at the Sunderland Echo

The Countess was shown the command and control section of the building, which has been operational since October. She also watched exercises involving Scrappy, the service’s fire investigation dog, an aerial ladder platform and water rescue crews.

courtesy of Petra Silfverskiold; reporter at the Sunderland Echo. Scrappy the fire dog

HRH met members of the Young Firefighters Association and unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit. The Countess also met Durham Mini Police: school children who support Durham City Neighbourhood Policing Team in local events around Durham City. Article & gallery here.

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Outfit & jewellery:


Blush pumps by LK Bennett. 
Scarf seen few times before. Not sure on ID, could be Bamford.
Loewe watch that dates back to 1997 or so. Similar design here.
And a clutch that dates back to 2005, thanks to today’s pics I finally know it is by Tanner Krolle
HRH accessorized with Buckley London poppy brooch in support of The Royal British Legion.

4 thoughts on “The Countess of Wessex visits County Durham

  1. Anonymous

    I am curious why she wore the scarf and coat the entire visit while inside. It kind of gives off the “I will not be here long” vibe in her photos.
    A nice dress would have fit this occasion much better in my opinion. The look is stuffy and overdone for a visit with elderly and ill children. Almost a bit vain looking.

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  2. alpa

    it is odd that she kept the coat and scarf on – it makes her look like she's cold! or maybe she was going back and forth between indoors and outdoors at the 2 events, and it was easier to just keep the coat on the whole time?

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