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On the move

Author: Leila Hawkins
20 December 2017
  • Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters
  • Professor Jackie Oldham
  • Inpatient Lorraine Webb-Hall with Jay Rodriguez
  • Heather (back left) with some of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team

December’s edition of the latest appointments in the hospice sector.

Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters are new patrons of LOROS Hospice

Actor Stephen Graham and his actress wife Hannah Walters have become patrons of LOROS Hospice in Leicester.

BAFTA-nominated Graham is best known for his roles in This is England, Snatch and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as television series Boardwalk Empire. He said:

“We drive past LOROS at least once a week, it is great to be able to support a local organisation which is right on our doorstep.”

Since visiting the hospice, he has been taking a LOROS bucket and a Lionel the LOROS Lion cuddly toy everywhere with him, from film premieres in London to local football matches in Leicestershire. He has also managed to get Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey and Iron Man actor Paul Bettany to pose with the bucket, creating a huge response across social media.

Hannah Walters, who starred alongside Graham in This is England and Pirates of the Caribbean, said:

“When we visited the Hospice, it was like we were coming into a beautiful, light home. There is a wonderful energy at LOROS, a closeness, like we are all one big family, it is amazing.”

The couple also spent the day bucket collecting along with their two children, Alfie and Grace, in Leicester’s Highcross. The duo said they were ‘amazed’ by the generosity from people who responded to their bucket collecting.

Graham added: “The response was overwhelming. It is the interaction with people that we loved; being able to speak to them about why they are donating and equally about why we were collecting.”

CEO John Knight said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Stephen and Hannah on board as official LOROS patrons. The support and commitment they have shown us over the past two weeks despite how busy they are not only at work but with two children too, is fantastic and quite inspirational.”

Professor Jackie Oldham becomes Chair of St Ann’s Hospice Board of Trustees

St Ann’s Hospice in Greater Manchester has announced that Professor Jackie Oldham has been appointed Chair of the hospice’s Board of Trustees.

Professor Oldham, who is Director of Health Innovation for Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor, and a Global Ambassador for Manchester, joined the hospice as a trustee in November 2016, and started her new role as Chair this month.

She said:

“Since joining St Ann’s as a trustee I have grown to love and develop a huge admiration for the organisation.  It is my passionate belief that people with life-limiting conditions should receive outstanding support that forms part of the whole continuum of life care.”

 “It is a very exciting time for the hospice sector, which is part of the broader healthcare devolution landscape in the city.  St Ann’s should be nimble and proactive making the most of new opportunities and building on almost half a century of specialist knowledge and expertise.”

She is a Professor at the University of Manchester and the Director of Manchester Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (MIMIT), driving innovation to address unmet health and social care need.  She is also Honorary Director at the Edward Centre for Healthcare Management Research – part of the Edward Healthcare group of companies established in China with presence in the UK and Asia.

Football player Jay Rodriguez becomes first celebrity ambassador for Pendleside Hospice 

Jay Rodriguez, Premier League football player for West Bromwich Albion, has been announced as the first celebrity ambassador for Pendleside Hospice in Burnley.   

Rodriguez said:

“I was really surprised but delighted to be asked to become an ambassador for Pendleside; it is such a fantastic local charity and I feel privileged to be able to get involved with helping to promote the work they undertake.”

“What strikes you when you come to the hospice is what a happy place it is, despite the fact that some of the patients are going through extremely difficult times. It was really interesting to have a tour of the facilities; I had not been aware before of all the services and activities that they offered.”

CEO of Pendleside Hospice Helen McVey said:

“To have Jay as our first celebrity ambassador for the hospice is a real honour and we are thrilled that he will help us to spread the word of the vital work we undertake.” 

Heather Mitchell appointed as co-Chair of National Association for Hospice at Home

Heather Mitchell has been appointed as co-chair of the National Association for Hospice at Home (NAHH).

Mitchell was Hospice at Home team manager at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court in Cheltenham, and will now be heading up the national body representing Hospice at Home care right across the UK.

Speaking about joining the organisation she said:

“Being able to offer people who are dying the real option of staying at home, surrounded by those they love and in familiar surroundings, is something I am hugely passionate about and which will motivate me in my new role at the NAHH.”

“If our patients feel the only way to leave this world is from an acute bed in hospital then we have failed in our basic duty to offer a choice. We owe it to those people entrusted into our care to make sure we get this one chance to make this happen right. It is with great pride I can say that Gloucestershire Sue Ryder gives 100 per cent of its patients who stated their preferred place of care as being at home, the chance to have that final wish fulfilled.”

Mitchell has worked in the community for most of her nursing career and specifically at Hospice at Home for 18 years. As co-chair she will work to raise the profile of hospice at home care nationally, championing best practice and campaigning for wider access so more people can spend the time they have left in the way they choose.

Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said:

“It is fantastic for Sue Ryder to be part of something that will help share and promote best practice in hospice at home care which will benefit so many people who wish to die at home.  I know Heather will bring a great deal of energy, expertise and passion to help the NAHH shape the future of hospice at home care in the UK.”

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