Welsh Health Secretary approves of Hospice expansion over coffee and a cake

Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, embarked on one of his first official visits to North Wales to cut the ribbon on new community café.

Mr Gething visited Wrexham on the 22nd September to unveil the new facility which has been built by local charity, Nightingale House Hospice and is attached to the existing building.

Aptly named Caffi Cwtch, the new cafe combines a ‘boutique coffee’ shop concept with the familiarity of home comforts. It offers visitors a very special setting to appreciate award winning, aromatic coffees, responsibly sourced from Coffee 1652 as well as seasonal menus of cakes, pastries and hearty lunches; all prepared by the Nightingale House Hospice’s own award winning chef.

Mr Gething met staff and patients and learnt about the classes on offer such as music and art therapy. He was also given a tour of the facility where he saw the hospice’s hydrotherapy pool, In Patient Unit and day-care facility

During his tour, Mr Gething discussed expansion plans with Head of Nursing, Tracey Livingstone, Vice Director, Dr Neil Braid and CEO, Steve Parry.

Mr Gething then formally opened Caffi Cwtch before sampling a slice of freshly prepared cake and a cup of the café’s fair-trade coffee.

Vaughan Gething said:“It was a pleasure to officially open the new café, which is an excellent addition to Nightingale House Hospice. The café will help to engage the local community, generate additional income and give families and patients a comfortable space to take time out.

“Nightingale House Hospice has been providing services for people with life limiting illnesses across North East Wales and the border regions for over 20 years. I’d like to thank staff for their continuing dedication to providing individuals and their families with the very best care. “