Polegate television presenter David Dimbleby has been made patron of an Eastbourne hospice.
Staff from St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which opened in a new state-of-the-art building last year, said they were delighted with the decision.
The BBC TV commentator has supported the hospice for several years and, after visiting the new hospice last week, was formally announced as hospice patron.
David said: “I am proud to be a patron of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The dedication of the volunteers who have helped create this beautiful new hospice is beyond praise as is the loving commitment of the staff who work there.
“Together they have made St Wilfrid’s a beacon for hospice care.”
One of David’s first official duties, as patron of St Wilfrid’s and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Towner (contemporary art museum for South East England based in Eastboune), is the launch of The Big Art Secret this weekend.
The Big Art Secret is an exhibition and online auction of postcard-sized artwork donated by celebrities such as Graham Norton, Ranulph Fiennes and David Cameron, as well as local artists, staff, patients and people in the local community.
Artwork will be exhibited in Towner from Saturday March 8 to Sunday March 23 and will be available to buy on eBay from as little as 99p from Friday March 14.
A spokesman for the hospice said: “The beauty of the auction is that all artists remain anonymous until the end – so you could end up with an original artwork by Grayson Perry.
“Last year the fundraiser raised over £50,000 and the local charities are hoping this year’s event will be even better.”
To find out more please visit the hospice website at www.stwhospice.org or call 01323 434200.