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Hospice welcomes new Chair of Trustees

We are delighted to announce our new Chair of Trustees has begun duties.

The news comes after former Chairman Audrey Platt retired last month. Graham Parr JP has been a trustee for over 4 years and has been part of the hospice story since before its conception and is relishing his new role.

Graham said: “My first involvement with East Lancashire Hospice came when I was Estates Director in the NHS and hospice founder Dr Seigleman called into my office. He explained his vision for a hospice in Blackburn to serve the people of East Lancashire. My role was to lead the development and design team to build the original 10 bed inpatient unit on the site of the former Park Lee Hospital.

Several years later I had the privilege of being involved again in the design and construction of the extension to provide the Day Therapy Unit, office/­meeting/­consulting rooms and a new reception area.

I took early retirement in 2000 and I’m currently an associate of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a Governor of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Having previous involvement with the hospice I was delighted be invited by the Chairman Audrey Platt to join the Board as a trustee in 2010.

To be appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees is a great honour and privilege. I look forward to leading a team of dedicated hard working trustees all with principle objective of providing the very best care to people who require the very special services that East Lancashire Hospice provides to its patients and their families.”

Audrey Platt said: “I was invited to become a trustee at the hospice in 1999 after I retired from working as a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology for over 20 years. I was elected chairman in 2005.

I was completely converted to the benefits of hospice care soon after it opened in 1984. The hospice offered time, space and expertise beyond our dreams and the benefit for patients was enormous.

There have been changes in the 30 years since East Lancashire Hospice opened its doors.  From the beginning, patients were central to all of the hospice’s thinking and planning.  This has not changed, and it is the thread in which will continue in the future.

It has been a privilege to be associated with the hospice for the last 15 years and I know the hospice will be well served by their new chairman Graham Parr and I wish him well.”