The sun blessed Princess Anne’s visit to Strathcarron Hospice yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon as she toured the facility and chatted with residents, staff and guests.
A familiar figure at the Denny hospice over the years, the Princess Royal, who arrived by helicopter, once again proved popular with crowds, many of them Strathcarron fundraisers and volunteers, who lined the drive leading to the main building.
The majestic sounds of Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band welcomed the royal visitor just after 2 p.m. and entertained guests throughout the afternoon before giving the princess a stirring farewell.
The princess, wearing a cream top and jacket, cinnamon skirt and matching brown accessories, spent a couple of hours touring the care centre before emerging into the sunshine to meet onlookers and find out their own particular connection to Strathcarron.
Sylvia Johnson from Brightons was attending her first Strathcarron royal visit – her friend is currently a resident at the hospice.
Members of 1st Shieldhill Rainbows Kayleigh Marshall (7) and Abbie Dryburgh (6) were invited along because of their fundraising.
Emma Stanners, unit leader, said: “We had a Christmas concert along with the Brownies and Guides and raised a couple of hundred pounds.
We decided to donate it to the hospice because it was a local charity and a lot of our families had experience of it.”
Rumford brothers Daniel and Callum Risk raised £150 with a cake and juice sale in their own back garden. Maddiston Primary School pupils Daniel (10) and Callum (9) were joined by parents Linda and Barry at yesterday’s event.
Barry said: “It‘s really spurred them on. They will be doing it again this year and trying to top their total.”
Ann Matheson from Stenhousemuir literally walked over hot coals to earn her place at the event, raising £460 by doing a firewall in March.
Members of Avonbridge Church, June Mawell, Moors and Eddie Ireland and Eileen Thomson, were invited along to reward the church’s years of fundraising for the hospice.