The Mayor of Haslemere, Councillor Malcolm Carter, and his wife Sandie shared their hopes for the town in 2018 when they joined staff and patients at Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere for lunch on Christmas Day.

“Holy Cross Hospital is very much a place of optimism and hope – of taking things one day at a time and celebrating the positives, no matter how small,” says Councillor Carter. “We can all learn from that so it is the perfect place to look ahead to a new year. The staff help their patients – all of whom have serious medical conditions and face immense challenges – achieve amazing things. It has been a privilege to share Christmas Day with some of the staff, patients and their families.”

Holy Cross Hospital provides a homely and relaxed environment to around 40 patients with serious, long term conditions and severe disabilities. They require highly skilled care and specialist treatment. The hospital invests in the continued learning and development of its medical and non-medical staff and has earned a reputation for being a centre of excellence in its field.

“As a hospital with its roots in Christianity, Christmas is an important time for us. It is, of course, a special time for our patients and their families. 2017 has been our centenary year when we have shared our history with many people in Haslemere – former staff and current friends. We look forward to reaching out to the community in 2018 too,” says Christopher Hinton, Chief Executive Officer at Holy Cross Hospital.

Before enjoying a traditional Christmas lunch of roast turkey, Councillor and Mrs Carter had a tour of the hospital and met many patients and their families. They also met staff and heard how they are able to help patients to live more fully after devastating injury or illness.