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Cumbria based hospice seeks new Trustees

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice are looking for people to join its existing Board of Trustees and help the charity move forward over the coming years.

The current Board of Trustees bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills to the charity as they represent the local community and help the hospice progress into the future. The hospice is hoping to build on the current knowledge base by recruiting new Trustees with a variety of different expertise and skills.

Current Trustee Elaine Close explained, “I became a Trustee at Eden Valley Hospice 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 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 illness should have access to the best possible holistic care which I believe Eden Valley Hospice provides.

“My role as a Trustee includes attending Board meetings and I currently chair the Marketing & Income Generation subcommittee, as well as being a member of the Clinical Governance subcommittee. Together with my fellow Trustees I try to use my previous experience and skills to contribute to the decision-making process and governance of the hospice ensuring it remains financially able to provide palliative and end of life care to those that need it.”

The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the governance of the hospice, along with supporting its strategic development. The Board also ensures that the charity maintains and develops its services to the local community, is well run, and meets its legal and financial obligations.

Fellow Trustee Izzy Bowles added, “I became a Trustee at the hospice after spending time as a nurse working in children’s palliative care. I was the first Head of Care at Demelza House in Kent, ran a respite service for children with life limiting conditions in Cumbria and lastly worked in Jigsaw in an education role. I felt this experience gave me the knowledge and skills to contribute to the functioning of the Board.

“I enjoy working with a team of dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide both respite and care to children and adults. I love the atmosphere within the hospice and the sense that we are doing our bit to maintain and improve the service provided.”

If you have a passion for local charitable causes and a desire to play a role in supporting the hospice to continue to provide care for our community, the you can make a valuable difference. For more information please click here.