Leicester City legend and Loros patron Alan Birchenall has helped the hospice launch a new day therapy scheme.
It means terminally ill patients struggling to get to the Groby Road hospice will be able to take advantage of services at Loughborough Hospital on a Friday instead.
The Loughborough service will include physiotherapy and occupational therapy and is being run with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ken Robert, a day therapy patient diagnosed with emphysema, said: "It was wonderful to meet Alan – we chatted about football and the old days of Leicester City Football Club.
"I really enjoy coming to Loros – the staff are amazing.
"Being here also gives my wife Helen a break and some much needed rest."
Alan also made time to visit people on the 31 bed inpatient unit at the hospice, which helps 2,500 patients a year.
He said: "It was wonderful to meet the patients and staff of this important new service."
Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chairman of the National Council for Palliative Care, said: "It is important patients, carers and their families are supported in making decisions and are well cared for in the last months, weeks and days of life. This service has been developed with the intention of adding quality of life by offering a wide range of clinical and support services."