Former Wealden MP Charles Hendry has agreed to become a patron of St Peter and St James Hospice.
Chairman of trustees Mr Peter Boyse welcomed the decision saying: “We feel very honoured that Charles has agreed to offer his invaluable support to the work of the hospice by taking on this ambassadorial role and I am sure that our patients and their families will also be delighted to hear the news.”
Patrons offer support to the hospice’s charitable work, in providing end of life care, by raising and maintaining its profile through their networks and influence, both local and national.
Mr Hendry said he was delighted to take on the role for one of the most important charities in the area, providing critical care for so many people at the most vulnerable times of their lilves.
“Hospices deserve support from all of us, as we know that we would turn to them for help and support, and we need them to be able to provide that care for all those who need it, when they need it.
“St Peter and St James only receives a small amount of support from the NHS, so it relies on our help to go on providing that superb level of care. It is a privilege to be able to work with them.”
Hospice chief executive Colin Burgess said: “It is a real boost to all of us to have such a well-respected 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 Charles as he settles into his new role.”