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Friday 19 October 2012

St Luke’s Hospice seeks dynamic, forward-thinking Trustees


St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice is inviting South Cheshire’s businessmen and women and health and social care professionals to help shape the future of the Winsford hospice. 

The charity, which has provided invaluable care and support to Mid and South Cheshire residents suffering from cancer and other life-limiting illnesses for more than 25 years, is searching for dynamic, forward-thinking and flexible volunteer Trustees to develop the already highly-respected work of the hospice.
Over £8,100 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors every day, and the majority of that money is found through fundraising and donations.
St Luke’s interim chief executive Jeremy Hilliard believes the role is an exciting opportunity for people, who not only want to support the hospice’s work, but wish to develop their own leadership and senior management skills.
The recruitment drive has the support of the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Congleton MP Fiona Bruce who are encouraging local individuals and organisations to lend their extensive knowledge and skills to ensure the successful future of the hospice.
St Luke’s Interim CEO Jeremy Hilliard commented: “The Board of Trustees is made up of members of the community which the hospice serves.
“So many local people have either been directly linked with the hospice or know someone who has been, so we’re looking to those who can offer their skills and provide strategic direction whatever their background, be it in the health care sector, accountancy, administration, IT, retail, or any other.
“The work of the Hospice has changed so much in the past 25 years and the digital age has bought with it a whole host of exciting and innovative ways to improve the service the hospice provides.
“As a Trustee you would be appointed to the Board and registered at Companies’ House as a Director. Moreover, as a member of a team of directors, you will have the opportunity to learn from the experience and to steer the future direction of the hospice.”
Trustees are required to attend board meetings (currently monthly) and approximately six committee meetings a year to review the activity of the hospice.
In recent years, the hospice’s Board of Trustees have overseen an array of exciting projects and expansions including the opening of hospice’s Nantwich creperie and countless successful fundraising initiatives.
In January 2011, the Hospice launched its highly-subscribed corporate 100 Club in association with a high-profile launch at the headquarters of its long-standing corporate supporter Bentley Motors.
The club, which hosts a well attended bi-annual networking event, acknowledges business supporters who give a monthly donation to the Hospice.
The Hospice is also at the forefront of public health work and launched its groundbreaking Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well partnership, with support from Congleton MP Fiona Bruce, in parliament earlier this year.
The partnership brings together local authorities, health services, church and faith groups, community organisations, local housing associations, businesses and charities and has been established to forge ways to implementing changes to widespread attitudes and to break social taboos about death, dying and loss.
In addition, the Hospice’s fundraising activities continue to go from strength to strength, with the ever popular annual Midnight Walk fundraiser a runaway success once again this year.
South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce’s acting chief executive Paul Colman said: “There is an enormous array of skills and expertise across the South Cheshire business community and this is fantastic opportunity to support and direct the invaluable work of the hospice in order to take it to the next level.”
Congleton MP Fiona Bruce said: “Business people have a tremendous amount to offer organisations like St Luke’s Hospice – but often they don’t realise it.
“I encourage anyone in business, whether newly started or with many years experience, to offer their services to St Luke’s and I can say from my own involvement with this outstanding local organisation that you will thoroughly enjoy it.”
A detailed role profile, information sheet and frequently asked question sheet is available upon application.
To apply, send a CV to Jeremy Hilliard, Interim CEO, at Grosvenor House, Queensway, Winsford, CW7 1BH or email
For further information contact Carol Smith at the hospice on 01606 551246. Alternatively log on to and click on the Charity Essentials link.

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