VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Prince Edward visits Chapel-en-le-Frith

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HRH Prince Edward was in the High Peak this afternoon, visiting Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Blythe House Hospice.

The visit by the Earl of Wessex was part of the hospice’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

As he arrived at the Eccles Fold hospice, he was greeted by pupils from Chapel Primary School, waving flags and cheering.

He then met a number of local dignitaries including High Peak Mayor Alan Barrow as well as hospice staff and volunteers.

Once inside, he spent time talking to invited guests, including Caroline Morgan, from New Mills, whose husband Dean sadly died of cancer in early 2014.

The Prince also took a tour of the hospice and heard more about the services that are available.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

Hospice director Janet Dunphy said: “It has been a magical day full of sunshine and smiles.

“I think Blythe is all about spirit and Prince Edward certainly added to that today.

“All the team here work so hard so to have a visit like this is fantastic, it’s just been a perfect day.”

And Caroline Morgan’s two young sons Luca, seven, and Maxi, four, were just as excited about the royal visit with Maxi saying it was “awesome”.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

Caroline added: “He was very lovely and he was very good with the children. I explained to him a bit more about the services and how much they’ve helped us.

“It’s such an amazing achievement from Blythe House’s point of view to still be providing such good quality services after 25 years. It really is a lifeline to people.”

The hospice was founded in 1989 when local secondary school teacher Stan Blythe left £1,000 to Rev Betty Packham.

Since then, the services on offer have grown rapidly and the hospice now provides free, individualised, holistic care and support for anyone in the High Peak living with cancer or other serious, life threatening illness.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Blythe House Hospice as they celebrate their 25th anniversary