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On the move

06 June 2018
  • Lady Rose visiting the site of the new EACH building
  • Mike Infirmaro, Director of Fundraising at St Joseph's Hospice

We round up the latest appointments in the sector.

Lady Rose, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, becomes patron of EACH

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has appointed Lady Rose, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, as a new Patron.

Lady Rose has supported EACH greatly in recent years, most notably hosting A Taste of Norfolk alongside the Marquess of Cholmondeley at their Houghton Hall home in 2016. Guests included EACH Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Cambridge,  and the event raised over £400,000 for the nook appeal, EACH’s campaign to raise £10 million and build a new hospice in Norfolk.

Foundations for the building were laid in November. Lady Rose visited the site during Children’s Hospice Week, meeting workers and staff from EACH to see how building work is progressing.

Lady Rose said:

“I feel honoured to become a Patron of EACH, that provides incredible care and support for children and families in our region. It is vital to raise funds every year to continue this, and to build the much-needed new hospice, and I look forward to helping in any way I can.”

St Joseph’s Hospice appoints new Director of Fundraising

St Joseph’s Hospice in east London has appointed a new Director of Fundraising. Michelangelo Infurnari (Mike), has more than 35 years’ fundraising experience in the US, Canada and the UK. He was educated in Buffalo, New York and recently served as Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Westminster in London and Senior Vice President for Development at the Foundation of the Advanced Medical Technology Association in Washington, DC.

Over the course of his career he has raised more than £350 million during that time for a variety of charities including churches, schools, cultural and civic causes, medical charities, and professional societies.

Mike will lead a team of 15 fundraisers working across corporate partnerships, community and events, direct mail and legacy giving.

He said:

“I cannot wait to get to work with the Fundraising Team at St Joseph’s Hospice. We have a lot of money to raise, around £7million, but I am confident that with the experience we have in the team, the cause we are fundraising for and the affection that local people have for the hospice we will reach our target. Exciting times ahead.”

Together for Short Lives names Andrew Fletcher as new CEO

Andrew Fletcher has been announced as the new Chief Executive for the UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives (TfSL), replacing Barbara Gelb OBE, who retires this month.

Andy has been Chief Executive of Longfield, a provider of community hospice care in Gloucestershire, since June 2015. Prior to joining Longfield Andy was Director of External Affairs at TfSL. A teacher by training, Andy’s career has involved leading strategic development, public affairs and communications in the private and voluntary sectors. He was previously Director of Communications and latterly Joint Chief Executive of the National Childminding Association.

Commenting on his appointment, Andy said:

“It is a privilege to be appointed as CEO for Together for Short Lives, a charity I know well and am passionate about. It is an exciting time for the charity as it embarks on delivering a bold new strategy for change to help make sure that the UK’s 49,000 seriously ill children and young people, and their families get the very best care and support. There is much to do to ensure children and families are empowered and get the right support, that services are sustainable and co-ordinated and that the public better understands children's palliative care and the vital role it plays in children's lives. We cannot achieve change alone. I will look forward to working with families, Together for Short Lives’ members and partners, and all those involved in children’s palliative care, to deliver lasting change – so no child or family is ever left behind.”

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