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Well-loved cafe at Stoke Mandeville Hospital closing

Well-loved cafe at Stoke Mandeville Hospital closing

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 1:30pm 19th September 2019. (Updated at 5:18pm 19th September 2019)

A cafe run by volunteers at Stoke Mandeville Hospital is being closed next month. 

The Royal Voluntary Service cafe at the Spinal Injury Centre have said it's with a 'heavy heart' that the decision has been made to no longer trade there. 

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The cafe has been at the centre for many years and is loved by patients there

They have thanked all of their customers for their support and hope people can enjoy their newly revamped courtyard for many years to come.

It was only refurbished earlier this summer, thanks to the Mix96 Community Challenge.

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The courtyard of the cafe was transformed earlier this summer

A petition has now been started by patients to try and save the cafe and already has many signatures. 

Ali Williams, commercial director at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said:

"The Trust is very sad to learn that Royal Voluntary Service will no longer be running the café based in the National Spinal Injuries Centre.

"Patients and staff have been informed and we're exploring possibilities for the future and making every effort to keep the café open for all our patients, visitors and staff."

The Royal Voluntary Service respond

Chris Gray, Head of Retail Operations for Royal Voluntary Service said:

“Royal Voluntary Service will no longer be running the café at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and staff at the hospital who have worked tremendously hard, and we know their efforts have been hugely appreciated by patients and visitors.

"We are working with the Trust and our staff and volunteers to identify other opportunities at the Hospital and in the community.”

“We are aware that the outside seating area recently received a generous makeover thanks to the Mix 96 Community Challenge with Vale of Aylesbury Housing, and are assured by the Hospital that this area, along with the indoor seating will still be available to be enjoyed by patients and visitors.”

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