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Hospice says a fond farewell to Trustee Chair

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Hospice says a fond farewell to Trustee Chair

After years of dedicated support, St Nicholas Hospice Care has bid a fond farewell to the chair of its Board of Trustees.

St Nicholas Hospice Care said farewell, but not goodbye, to their current Chair of the Board of Trustees, Charles Simpson, at the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which took place on Thursday, 30 November.

As well as fulfilling his role as Chair, Charles, who has been a hospice Trustee for almost 10 years and chair of the charity’s Board for eight, has guided St Nic’s through unprecedented times during the pandemic and also gotten involved with fundraising challenges and events.

Charles said: “The time I have spent at St Nic’s has been a privilege. I am proud of everyone and all that has been accomplished, and I am extremely grateful for the support and commitment everyone has shown. I am also very grateful for the fun times.

“Even though I will no longer have an official role at St Nic’s, I am still going to support the Hospice where I can.”

Charles has played a key role in the Hospice’s achievements, and under his leadership, the charity has continued to deliver its end-of-life care and services that those people and their families facing dying, death and grief across West Suffolk and Thetford rely on.

Linda McEnhill, the Hospice’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Whilst I am incredibly sad that Charles is standing down as Chair of Trustees, I completely understand and endorse his decision. It has been a huge commitment to lead the hospice for almost a decade and one which encompassed a worldwide pandemic.

“He has been a wise and sage advisor and sounding board, and I am very grateful to him for that and delighted to know that he will continue to be involved with the Hospice.”

Hospice trustee Anne Fisher was officially welcomed as the charity’s new Chair of the Board of Trustees at the AGM.

Anne says: “I am deeply honoured to have been appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“Having been involved with St Nic’s as a volunteer and a trustee since 2020, I have witnessed the enthusiasm, dedication and fantastic efforts made by staff, volunteers, trustees and the senior team, who all make such a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the families and members of our communities who need the support of the Hospice.”

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Charles Simpson at his final AGM as Chairman of the Hospice’s Board of Trustees receives a gift

You can find out more about the Hospice’s Trustees by clicking here.

The Hospice’s Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts for 2022-23, as well as other governance documents, can be found by clicking here.