CHARITY DINNER AT THE WHITE PALACE IN AID OF
PALLIATIVE CARE AND BELHOSPICE
Belgrade, 3 October 2009 - Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine hosted a Charity
dinner in aid of palliative care and BELhospice at the White Palace
Guests were addressed by: HRH Crown Prince
Alexander II, HRH Princess Katherine, Mr. Graham Perols, the
executive director of Hospices of Hope from the United Kingdom, and
Prim. Dr. Natasa Milicevic, the Director of BELhospice.
In his opening speech Crown Prince Alexander has
emphasized: "I am pleased that we have gathered here in the White
Palace tonight to support this significant project. It is important
that we realize opening the first Hospice in Serbia is really
necessary. Hospices exist in almost all European countries and it is
high time for Serbia to obtain such an institution and provide
support to the dying patients and their families".
Princess Katherine emphasized: "My husband and I
are trying to be very active in all aspects so we can provide help
to the people that expect that of us and who need it most. I can say
that the cause for we have gathered here tonight is one with high
significance. A Hospice is not just another health institution, it
is a movement and philosophy of life and above all it is respect for
valuable human lives".
Director of Hospices of Hope, Mr. Graham Perols
said: "I would like to thank Their Royal Highnesses for their
support to this project that is in its’ initial phase in Serbia. I
hope that all the people who would appreciate the importance of
starting a centre for palliative care in Serbia, would also help us
in implementing this project”.
Prim Dr Natasa Milicevic, Director of BelHospice
thanked Their Royal Highnesses for hosting this humanitarian dinner,
and also thanked Dr Laycock and Mr. Perols for their help and
Dr Elaine Laycock, member of Lifeline
Humanitarian Organization, spoke about her long humanitarian
cooperation and friendship with HRH Crown Princess Katherine, and
expressed her believes that project like this would be successfully
implemented in Serbia.
After the speeches guests have had the chance to
enjoy a performance of the musical duo "SAND”, followed by dinner.
This event would not have been possible without
the support from: HE Mr. Steven Wordsworth, the Ambassador of the
United Kingdom in Serbia, Mrs. Ann Pesic, Consul of the Republic of
Ireland, ACB d.o.o., Alpine, Bel Medik, EC Haris, Eurobank EFG,
European Commission, Grand Casino, GlaxoSmithKline, Harrison
Solicitors, Hospices of Hope, ILS d.o.o., King Sturge, LifeLine,
McCann Ericsson, Merck d.o.o, Messer Technogas, Metro, Sto posto,
Telekom Serbia, Teri Engineering, U.S. Steel Serbia, VMA.
BELhospice was founded in Belgrade in 2004, as a
humanitarian organization whose aim is to provide the patients in
Serbia with appropriate palliative care. BELhospice is run by Prim
Dr Natasa Milicevic who has worked as oncologist for more then 25
years – first at the Institute for oncology and radiology, and then
at the Clinical centre Bezanijska kosa. Prim Dr Milicevic has got an
International diploma in palliative medicine from the University of
Cardiff, Wells, United Kingdom.
BELhospice is, at the present, organized as an
educational service consisting of mobile teams that follow the
patient’s condition regardless of the place where the patient is
being treated – hospital, home, elderly home. Within its medical
area, members of the team visit patients, evaluating their needs,
and in accordance, together with their doctors decide whether their
illness symptoms should be treated – foremost pain, nausea,
asphyxia, weakness etc. or provide them with psychological and
social support. BELhospice takes care of approximately 200
terminally ill patients for free.
World hospice and palliative care day is an event
that takes place every year in more than 80 countries worldwide. Its
aim is to introduce the public with the problems faced when taking
care of the terminally ill patients.
Building of the first hospice in Belgrade is
already being planned.