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Trustees sought to play their part in making a difference to local hospice care

A North Derbyshire hospice charity supporting patients affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement is on the lookout for new trustees to support its services.

Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust provides care and support to patients and families across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire.

The charity is seeking to recruit passionate and committed, new voluntary trustees to its board, to help shape future strategy and direction for growth.

Tim Mourne, a local business person who runs his own accountancy firm, has been a trustee at the hospice since 2013, and chairman of the board since 2014.

High Peak resident, Tim, explained: ‘We’re looking for local people who wish to make a difference and help to shape hospice care and services across North Derbyshire. It is a fantastic voluntary opportunity for those who are keen to use their skills and experience, whether professional or personal, to make sure Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust can continue to serve our local communities, and to grow the excellent care that it provides.

‘The most effective boards are those that benefit from input from individuals across a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets. We are particularly interested in applicants with skills in fundraising, retail, finance, business, marketing and PR.

‘I take great pride in my role here as chairman of the board and I thoroughly enjoy working alongside committed team members who dedicate their time to make a huge difference to local hospice services.’

Trustee, Sarah Rowland, lives in a small village near Bakewell and specialises in medical law at a solicitors in Sheffield.

Sarah said: ‘I got to know Helen’s Trust because it’s a very popular local charity and I started volunteering at the Chatsworth 10k run. I persuaded a team of people from work to get up very early on a Sunday morning to run the water station, which was part way round the route, and we’ve been volunteering as a team every year since then. I built up more of a relationship with the Helen’s Trust team, and they asked me to become a trustee in 2014.

‘It is really rewarding to be part of a small, local charity because you can see the difference that the team makes to people in our community who need support at a difficult time. It has also been a great way to introduce my son to volunteering at community events – when he was young he used to say that he worked for Helen’s Trust!

No prior experience is necessary to become a trustee at the hospice. You will be required to attend a board meeting and the relevant sub-committee meeting on a quarterly basis.

To find out more about the hospice’s board of trustees, visit: www.blythe

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer trustee of your local hospice charity, please send a CV and contact details to Laura Savile, HR Advisor, on Laura.Savile@blythe


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