The Duke of Westminster
It was with deepest regret that we heard about the sad loss of the Duke of Westminster, a Patron of Woodlands Hospice for many years.
Following his attendance of the Official Opening Ceremony of the Hospice in June 1996, he remained very supportive of the work of the Hospice. He spoke highly of the good work of the staff and volunteers at the Hospice and was genuinely interested in receiving progress reports on developments made at Woodlands.
John became a Patron of Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust in November 2003 and is very proactive in supporting and raising the awareness of the Hospice.
John contributes in various ways and has, for many years, hosted the John Parrott Annual Golf Day in aid of the Hospice. He has also done a number of personal fundraising events to further assist income generation and has visited the Hospice on numerous occasions to visit patients including the event of the Royal Visit of Prince Edward in 2011.
John has become one of Snooker’s most instantly recognisable faces and has done much to popularise the Sport - both on and off the table. He has managed to juggle his position as a Snooker Professional with a successful television career, initially through his team Captaincy on the BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport' and more recently as a Presenter of televised Snooker Championships alongside fellow World Champion Steve Davis.
On a more personal front, John is a Liverpudlian with that typical sense of humour. He has many other interests, one being a strong liking for horse racing, with his love of horses and the racing atmosphere. He supports Everton Football Club and is also a very keen golfer with a current Handicap of 3.
He was awarded an MBE in 1996.
We are very grateful to John and his family for their ongoing support and appreciate the recognition of his involvement with the Hospice as he sums up in his own words below:
“Having been involved as a Patron of Woodlands Hospice since 2003, I have seen first hand the wonderful work the Staff undertake on a daily basis. The changes have been quite remarkable in the progression of the Hospice in the last 10 years, with facilities that are second to none. I am sure the high levels of care will continue at Woodlands Hospice and I am proud to be involved as Patron for such a wonderful and caring Charity”