Belfast Telegraph

Savile hospital cafe changes name

A hospital cafe named after Jimmy Savile will have its name changed, it has been announced.

The cafe in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, named Jimmy's, was opened in 2005 by Savile as a result of the fundraising he had done for the spinal injuries unit.

But the charity which runs the cafe, WRVS, has confirmed the name will be changed to Cafe@WRVS.

It said this will bring it into line with how its cafes are branded elsewhere around the country.

David McCullough, chief executive of WRVS, said: "WRVS and Stoke Mandeville Hospital have agreed that Jimmy's Cafe will be renamed 'Cafe@WRVS', aligning it with other WRVS cafes across the country."

This follows weeks of allegations against the former entertainer, who police believe may have sexually abused 60 people since 1959.

Savile, who died in October 2011 aged 84, is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in the hospital in Aylesbury where he volunteered as a porter.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph