Mildmay Hospital hosts tribute to Princess Diana

A renowned HIV hospital based at a Genesis development in Shoreditch hosted a moving tribute to Princess Diana on the twentieth anniversary of her death (31 August).

Friends, supporters and people who knew the princess all gathered together at the Mildmay Hospital to share their memories and celebrate her hard work. Canon Roger Royle hosted the event, making sure the tribute wasn’t sad but instead filled the hall with humour and bliss.  The tribute event was followed by an afternoon tea in the hospital’s courtyard garden.

Mildmay is one of Genesis’ developments in Shoreditch. Genesis has created community facilities such as the Shoreditch Baptist Tabernacle church, the hospital, children’s play area and public space at the site near Columbia Road flower market.

Guests were also joined by familiar faces such as Wayne Sleep, who talked about the time he danced with Princess Diana in a private performance at the Royal Opera House in 1985. He said that audience members gasped when they realised it was Diana who would be performing.

The audience heard great insight on the princess’s personality and character as more tributes were given by the past chair of Mildmay, Helen Taylor-Thompson OBE and Chris Wood, a photographer that joined Diana as she visited patients at Mildmay Hospital and captured the special moment between Princess Diana and a patient called Martin. Linda Robson from Loose Women also attended and presented the Diana Awards to the hospital’s members of staff.

The tribute was moving especially as the Mildmay Patient Choir sang “Candle in the Wind”, a touching song that Sir Elton John adapted to sing at Diana’s funeral.

Mildmay's UK hospital is dedicated to treatment, nursing care, rehabilitation and service provision for people with complex and severe HIV related health conditions, including HIV associated brain impairment.

Mildmay moved into their brand new purpose built hospital in September 2014 and the hospital was officially opened by HRH Prince Harry at the end of 2015.

 

Photo credit: Kois Miah

 

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