1. ITV Report

Royal Patron for Leeds Children's Hospital

Countess of Wessex Photo: PA wire

The Countess of Wessex has officially become the Royal Patron of the Leeds Children's Hospital. She opened the centre last year when it was formed following a merger of children's services at St James's Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary.

Her patronage will be a huge boost to what is one of the finest children’s hospitals in the country, seeing tens of thousands of young patients from across our region every year. Her Royal Highness made a wonderful impression when she visited us last March to declare the Leeds Children’s Hospital open. Her obvious interest in the care we provide here and her warmth and charm when meeting children, parents and staff made this one of the most successful such events we have ever hosted. After the visit there was such a buzz of goodwill created in the hospital that it seemed a natural progression to look at ways of carrying on the relationship with Her Royal Highness on a more formal basis. We feel proud and honoured that she has decided to choose to be the Royal Patron of Leeds Children’s Hospital.”

– Mike Collier CBE, Chairman of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust