Keech Cottage Press Release

Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, visited Keech Hospice on Friday 14th October.  

Keech Hospice Care is the children’s hospice for Hertfordshire and looks after young people with life limiting conditions from across Mr Heald’s constituency, which covers Letchworth Garden City, Baldock, Royston and Buntingford. The Constituency also includes large villages, such as Watton-at-Stone, Standon, Puckeridge, Bayford, Little Berkamsted, Walkern, Ashwell, Weston and Sandon, and other many smaller villages.

Mr Heald was shown around the hospice by Mike Keel, chief executive of the hospice which celebrates its 21st birthday in 2012.  He was welcomed to the children’s unit by Jeanette Farrow, children’s services manager, who showed him the sensory room and children’s bedrooms, as well as the music and art therapy spaces where he met parents and children.

It was Mr Heald’s first visit to the hospice.  Commenting, Oliver said, “ I was very impressed by my visit to the Keech Children’s Hospice in Luton.  The Hospice covers Hertfordshire and has recently had patients from my Constituency.  It was also good to meet Children’s Service Manager, Jeanette Farrow.  I met Mrs Farrow when she was previously Manager of the children’s home in Baldock and it was excellent to be shown around the Children’s Hospice by her.   I know that the Hospice is always keen to raise money for its important services and I am happy to be a supporter of this service which covers my Constituency of North East Hertfordshire.

""Keech is a very special place.  It’s a place where children can feel at home.

“Parents say that they know that their children are well looked after at Keech and they are happy to leave their children here.  It’s a place where families say they are welcomed and can spend quality time together.  And it is a place where children can have fun and learn new skills.”   


Stevie Pattison-Dick
Head of Marketing & Communications
01582 497665, 07721 020271

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