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On the move

28 March 2018
  • Staff from Saint Francis Hospice with Sir Trevor & Lady Brooking
  • Margaret Butler with Vivian Campbell
  • Graham Perolls

The latest edition of appointments and movements in the hospice and palliative care sectors.

Sir Trevor Brooking and his wife Hilkka become patrons of Saint Francis Hospice 

Former West Ham footballer, manager and current Director of Football Development in England Sir Trevor Brooking CBE and his wife Hilkka have become patrons of Saint Francis Hospice in Essex.

The couple are longstanding supporters of the hospice, attending golf days and the annual ladies lunch, and this past year they officially opened the hospice day services ‘Pemberton Place’ following a relaunch. 

When asked why they had chosen to become Patrons, Sir Trevor said:

 “The hospice is fundamental to everyone who lives in the area and with people living longer I am very conscious of the challenge and the need for Saint Francis Hospice Services.”

Hilkka continued:

“A lady who worked for us a few years ago came here, she was extremely well taken care of and that was the first time I visited here, and I must be honest I was in awe of what I found and how well she was cared for, the place was not as daunting as I thought and that is where my interest started.”

Pam Court, CEO of the hospice said:

 “I am thrilled they have decided to become Patrons. Sir Trevor and Hilkka are such genuine, lovely people. They have such an affinity with the hospice and they have a genuine interest, and they have already committed time which to us is priceless.  A huge thank you to both of them for getting involved.”

“When Sir Trevor and Hilkka come to the hospice staff, volunteers and patients are always excited to see them. Sir Trevor is so obliging, coming in a number of times to sign memorabilia as he had so many requests.”

When asked if he was surprised by the amount of attention and interest he receives, Sir Trevor said:

“I am very lucky because even though I finished playing football a long time ago I have had various roles that have kept me in the public eye, we have always lived in this area and it seems 80/90 per cent of the people are West Ham fans.”

Hilkka says she is not really surprised because West Ham fans are really very loyal.

“I have always said in our marriage the third person is West Ham United, and at least I can say I love her.”

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is new ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice

Rock star Vivian Campbell has become ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice. The Belfast native confirmed his new role last week when he met with Northern Ireland Hospice Chairperson Margaret Butler.

Margaret Butler said:

“It is unbelievably exciting for Northern Ireland Hospice to have Vivian Campbell join us as an ambassador. Vivian took a particular interest in what we do at the hospice and was fascinated that music therapy plays an important part in what we provide for patients and their families.”

“He is invested in what Northern Ireland Hospice is about and he was born here, so as much as he represents us, he also belongs to us. We are very proud of his achievements in music and we are extremely proud to have him associated with Northern Ireland Hospice.”

In 2013, Campbell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and openly discussed his treatment with patients when he made a private visit to the hospice in November last year.

He said:

“I have always considered myself to be blessed in my music career and it makes me proud that an organisation such as Northern Ireland Hospice recognise this and have asked that I represent what they do.”

“I have personal experience too with my battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I can empathise with patients and families on their journeys. Northern Ireland Hospice is a wonderful organisation that I am happy to support and highlight the palliative care services it provides.”

Graham Perolls steps down as Executive Director of Hospices of Hope

Graham Perolls, founder of Hospices of Hope in Kent, has stepped down as Executive Director 26 years after founding the charity. Graham set up Hospices of Hope following a visit to a Romanian hospital just after the revolution in 1989. Whilst there he asked some Romanian friends to take him to the cancer hospital in Brasov.  He saw a young man who was dying in terrible pain and discovered that there was no care available for terminally-ill cancer patients. They were simply sent home to die without any pain relief or medical care.

Graham had already set up the Ellenor Hospice in Dartford in memory of his parents. He used his experience to introduce hospice care into Romania, setting up the first Romanian hospice charity called Hospice Casa Sperantei, “Home of Hope” in 1992.

From very small beginnings Hospice Casa Sperantei is now the leading provider of free of charge hospice care in Romania and Graham’s work has transformed end of life care in that country. By training health professionals from more than 20 countries, the charity has contributed to the founding of more than 100 small hospice organisations throughout South Eastern Europe. Graham has also overseen the expansion of the charity’s work into Serbia and Moldova.

As well as being awarded an OBE, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George on the recommendation of the then British Ambassador to Romania.

Although stepping down as Executive Director, Graham will continue to work for the charity as a consultant on a part-time basis and will “devote all his energies to the furtherance of hospice care in South East Europe”. Former CEO of Hospice Casa Sperantei, Alex Padureanu, has been appointed as Hospices of Hope’s new Executive Director.  


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