Against the backdrop of glorious sunshine and a festively transformed car park, Bikur Cholim celebrated the official opening of the Maurice Wohl Centre on Wednesday 10th September. The event was graced by the presence of civic dignitaries representing Hackney and Haringey councils, supporters, staff and volunteers who had joined to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The event was chaired by Mr J M Grosskopf, Chair of Bikur Cholim who introduced the event by thanking all the participants for their ongoing support. He described the event as being overdue as the premises were renovated and completed some time ago and compared it to the Chanukas Habayis of the Mishkan which included the assembling and dissembling of the building almost as if in preparation and to ensure it was ready for use. Similarly, the building is being used on a daily basis and the outstanding activities which are happening there is evidence that the building is achieving the aims it was intended for.

Professor David Latchman from the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation described the partnership between MWCF and Bikur Cholim and how Bikur Cholim’s aim of helping people to achieve independence is a clear fit with the mission of the MWCF and indeed the Centre is suitable tribute to Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z’’l who were an example of chessed and giving.

Michael Kerin CEO of St Joseph Hospice spoke about the outreach work which the hospice provides in the community and about their commitment to providing accessible services to all people in the area and the importance of partnership work.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a plaque by Mrs Ella Latchman after which participants enjoyed a tour of the building including the new Therapies Unit and self contained Support Group room.

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