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On the move

Author: Leila Hawkins
25 October 2017
  • Debbie Kerslake
  • Right: Adil Ray
  • George Reid

October’s instalment of the latest arrivals and movers in the hospice sector.

Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake retires from Cruse Bereavement Care

Debbie Kerslake has announced that she is to retire after ten years as CEO of national charity Cruse Bereavement Care.

Debbie said:

"I have now worked for Cruse for 18 years, the last 10 years as CEO. Over that time we have achieved so much together, reaching out to even more bereaved people and now providing support to nearly half a million people each year. It was clear from my recent attendance at the international conference on contemporary grief and bereavement in Lisbon just how respected the name of Cruse is around the world.”

"I think that the time is now right, both for me and for Cruse as an organisation, to hand over the reins to the next person who will work with the Board of Trustees to lead us through the next exciting stage in our development, so I will be stepping down as CEO early next year. I have loved working for Cruse and will always feel passionate about the work this incredible organisation does.”

Adil Ray announced as Patron of Acorns Children’s Hospice                                            

Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham has announced that actor, television and radio presenter Adil Ray OBE is a new Patron for the charity. Adil has presented numerous BBC TV and radio programmes including The One Show, and appears in Citizen Khan a show he co-wrote and stars in.  In 2016 he awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting.

Speaking about his appointment, Adil said:

“I am delighted to become a Patron of Acorns. I have been very impressed and also very moved during the visits I have made to their Birmingham hospice. I recently spoke to some young people who have been cared for by Acorns over many years, and what I heard from them confirmed my own impressions. This is a very special local charity, helping children and families facing the toughest imaginable challenges, and I think Acorns deserves all of our support.”

“When Acorns opened their first hospice in Selly Oak in 1988, I used to do a paper round in the surrounding streets. In the almost 30 years since then, every year they have done all they can to support more and more kids and their families, opening a second hospice in Walsall and then later a third one in Worcester. I would be delighted if I can now help Acorns as a Patron to continue to provide their special blend of care to any child and family that needs their support well into the future. Just like my paper round back then I look forward to rolling my sleeves up and doing what I can for the inspirational children and families.”

Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns, commented:

 “We are absolutely thrilled that Adil Ray has agreed to become an Acorns Patron as we approach 2018, our 30th anniversary of caring for children and supporting their families. Adil is recognised and respected across our region not just for his acting and broadcasting work, but also as an extremely important advocate for many of the things that we value most deeply at Acorns – compassion, inclusion, diversity, and the importance of communities supporting one another.   

“Adil’s engagement and support will be a huge help in raising awareness across Birmingham and the West Midlands for the care provided by Acorns to the children and families that is our privilege to serve”.

George Reid is the new chairman of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland

George Reid has been appointed chair of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). He first joined the CHAS Board of Directors in 2009, bringing with him a wealth of experience from the financial sector.

Commenting on his new appointment, he said:

“Our vision is that our care reaches across Scotland. That is why expanding our outreach service is vital. Our CHAS at Home teams offer the same care and choices as our hospices, but crucially they do this in the families’ homes, in hospital – or wherever they are needed. We are also enhancing our work with our NHS colleagues, local authorities and the voluntary sector, to reach every corner of Scotland.”

“We are ambitious and determined, and as Scotland’s national children’s hospice provider and a leader in children’s palliative care across the world, we will lead from the front.”

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