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Local hospice celebrates valuable role of Trustees

A Carlisle based charity are celebrating the valuable role their Trustees play in leading the organisation during Trustees Week 2020 (2 to 6 November).

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice volunteer Trustees each bring their own skills, knowledge and experiences to the charity. From supporting the clinical teams to helping with fundraising, the Trustees support and provide advice for all areas of the hospice.

Malcolm Iredale, Chair of Trustees explained, “I became a Trustee to help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw in the delivery of their vital services to our community. As a returning Cumbrian it has given me the opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience of healthcare, social care and hospice services gained elsewhere in similar areas, with a mix of urban and remote communities.

“I currently have the privilege of chairing the Board of Trustees which provides me with the opportunity to see and appreciate many aspects of hospice activity – and to meet the wide range of dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters who ensure that services are delivered 24/7 throughout the year.

“The role of the Board is to provide strategic leadership and ensure that relevant governance and statutory standards are met in areas such as clinical work, finance, workforce, etc.”

Trustee’s Week is an annual event to showcase the great work Trustees do. Trustees are the people in charge of a charity and they play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the hospice’s work.

Trustee Elaine Close continued, “I became a Trustee following a 25 year career in community fundraising with national and local charities, including two hospices. I am a strong advocate of hospice care having witnessed the high level of specialist palliative care given to those with life limiting illnesses in my work and also by the dedicated nursing and medical care given to my husband in the final days of his life by hospice staff.

“I feel passionately that those facing life limiting illnesses should have accesses to the best possible holistic care which I believe Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw provides.”

Earlier this year the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Trustees embarked on their own fundraising challenge to support the charity’s valuable care during these challenging times. Collectively the Trustees raised £4,530 as they walked, ran, rode, cycled and canoed more than 2,270 miles in just one month.

As key workers, both the clinical and support staff teams at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are here for the local community. The hospice is open and doing all it can during these times to continue to provide care and compassion to those in need, whilst following strict guidelines. The hospice is there for the local community and still supporting the NHS.

Malcolm concluded, “I enjoy my wide ranging work as a Trustee knowing that I am helping to deliver such a vital and valued service. As we approach the 30th Anniversary of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw in 2021, we can reflect on the many lives that have been touched by services over the last 30 years, and plan for the ongoing delivery and development in the next 30 years, all against the backdrop of COVID-19.”