Presenter Katie Derham named patron of St Peter and St James Hospice in Chailey

CELEBRITY Katie Derham, the newscaster and BBC TV and Radio presenter, has agreed to become a patron of St Peter and St James Hospice at Chailey.

The announcement was made by Peter Boyse, Chairman of the Trustees.

Katie, who lives in the area, is now probably best known as the face of the BBC Proms, but for many years was a reporter and newsreader for ITV News.

On her new role as a patron of St Peter and St James, she said: “I already knew of the wonderful work done here at the hospice – it is a byword locally for loving palliative care. I look forward to doing what I can to raise the profile of this extraordinary place.”

Mr Boyse welcomed Katie’s decision to become a patron. He said: “We feel very honoured that she has agreed to offer her invaluable support to the work of the hospice by taking on this ambassadorial role and I am sure that all our patients and their families will also be delighted to hear the news.”

Patrons offer their support to the hospice’s charitable work of providing end of life care by raising and maintaining its profile through their networks and influence, both local and national.

Colin Burgess, Chief Executive, said: “It is a real boost to all of us to have such a well-known and respected local individual come to join our group of patrons, all of whom provide invaluable support to the work of the hospice. We are all looking forward to getting to know Katie as she settles into her new role.”