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
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
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
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