High Sheriff gets a tour of hospice


The High Sheriff of East Sussex, Juliet Smith, visited St Peter and St James Hospice as it celebrates its 40th year.

The High Sheriff toured the hospice in North Chailey on Monday, August 24, meeting some of the patients, relatives, volunteers and members of staff at the hospice

While on the tour, she saw the newly-opened Beacon View Wellbeing Centre, the hospice gardens and high quality inpatient facilities before hearing a presentation on the mission, vision and work of the hospice from some of the clinical staff.

Colin Burgess, St Peter and St James Hospice Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted that the High Sheriff was able to spare the time to come and visit the hospice. Juliet is an established supporter of the hospice movement and has promised to use her time in office to promote the hospice cause and raise our profile.”

Following her visit, the High Sheriff said, “My visit to St Peter and St James Hospice today was informative, reassuring, heart-warming and inspiring. I valued so much being able to meet two of the patients and many of the caring staff and volunteers. What comes across so forcefully is all that you are doing is appreciated so much.”

Last week, Peter Boyse MBE, Chairman of the Trustees of St Peter and St James Hospice, announced the Rt Hon Charles Hendry, former local MP, has agreed to become a patron of the hospice.

Charles, who lives in the area, was the Member for Wealden from June 2001 until March 2015. On his new role as a patron, he said: “I am delighted to take on this role to support the vital work of the hospice. It is one of the most important charities in the area, providing such critical care for so many people at the most vulnerable times of their lives.

“Hospices deserve support from all of us, as we know we would turn to them for help and support.”

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