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Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw support national Trustees’ Week

The wealth of knowledge, experience and skills trustees bring to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw – the only children’s hospice in Cumbria – are being highlighted during a national week of celebration.

This week (November 1st to 5th) marks Trustees’ Week, an annual event to showcase the great work trustees do and inspire others to get involved and make a difference.

The hospice’s board of trustees, a group of nine volunteers, 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.

The hospice has been sharing messages on social media highlighting some of the personal stories of its trustees while also promoting how rewarding being a trustee can be for an individual.

Patricia Livsey, Chief Executive of the hospices, thanked the board members for its work, saying:

“Our trustees play a vital role in making key strategic decisions about how the charity works and ensure we’re providing excellent care for people who need us within our community.

“I’d like to thank them all for the amazing contributions to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw and highlight how lucky we are to have them on board working with us.”

Christine Weaving, chair of the trustees, said:

“Being a trustee of the hospice enables me to provide practical support to this local charity which has a special place in our community. It is a privilege to be involved in the work of the hospice and to contribute to the provision of high-quality care which makes such a difference to so many people in our area.”

Mark Duffell, who joined the board in April this year, said:

“I’ve experienced first-hand the fantastic support and care the hospice team provide to patients and their families and being a trustee is just one way I can try and repay the debt our family owes to everyone who supported us four years ago.

“It’s a brilliant facility for Cumbria and if I can do anything to help the team help other people in the future and ensure the hospice continues to be a success, then that will be incredibly rewarding and a great way to honour the memory of my dad at the same time.”

Being a trustee is a rewarding way to give back to the hospice and make an important contribution to its future. Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a trustee in the future should email peopleservices@edenvalleyhospice.org.

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, the only children’s hospice in Cumbria, provide the highest standards of care, support and compassion to local children and adults with life limiting illnesses. The hospice’s care, compassion and comforting hand to hold is extended to all the patients' families, friends and carers.