On Monday 26 May, The Queen attended the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Ågrenska Huset and the centenary of the Ågrenska Foundation. Minister for Health and Social Affairs Göran Hägglund also took part in the celebrations on Lilla Amundön near Gothenburg.
Since 1989, when it was opened by The Queen, Ågrenska Huset has carried out research and programmes for children and young people with rare diseases. This has included week-long stays for families from throughout Sweden. Since 2005, Ågrenska has also run the National Competence Centre for Rare Diseases in association with Rare Diseases Sweden.
The Ågrenska Foundation was founded in 1914 by Axel and Louise Ågren, with income going to the convalescent home that the couple built on Lilla Amundön. The foundation's activities grew over the years, and today its work often receives international recognition.
As the foundation celebrates its centenary, its operations are being developed further through a SEK 50 million donation from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture for the planning, design and construction of Stenhuset. The new building will supplement the foundation's existing operations, and will enable it to grow. The donation was presented by Madeleine Olsson Eriksson to Ågrenska's CEO Robert Hejdenberg.
The Queen also presented the Major Ågrenska Award to Elisabeth Wallenius, Chairwoman of Rare Diseases Sweden. The first turf for Stenhuset was then cut.