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Highly respected Trustee members retire after nine years of service


The Chairman Norman Broadhurst and Vice Chair Barbara Osborne on the board of Trustees at St Mary’s Hospice have retired after an incredible nine years of voluntary service each with the organisation. A joint farewell and celebration took place at the Hospice in Ulverston on Tuesday 6th September with fellow trustees, staff and volunteers all wishing them well for their retirement.

Val Stangoe, St Mary’s CEO: “Norman and Barbara joined St Mary’s Hospice nine years ago during a time of significant turmoil. Testing financial times and staff unhappiness were some of the difficulties they encountered. Thanks to their guidance, as Chair and Vice Chair, the hospice now finds itself in a very different position. Throughout this period their every effort has been towards preserving the wellbeing of patients and staff and the good reputation of the hospice.”

Norman Broadhurst became the Chairman of St Mary’s - which delivers care and comfort for patients living with life shortening conditions and their families – in 2007, prior to which Norman held highly respected roles as Financial Director for companies including Railtrack and Consortium PLC.

Graham Jowett , St Mary’s Trustee spoke about Norman’s contribution: “Norman has been a pillar, a rock, in the hospice’s foundations and helped St Mary’s through challenging times with his excellent stewardship. Norman has during his nine years overseen the building of the new Cavendish Wing used for Education and Day Care, 25th anniversary celebrations, ensured an experienced and skilled board are in place and attended over 90 meetings! With the hospice recently being rated as “good” by the CQC. “Graham added: “It is an honour to take up the baton and work to the excellent standards you have set. We wish you all the best from all of us.”

Val Stangoe, CEO:“Faced with difficulties at the hospice Norman and Barbara took the harder route of addressing the problems they saw and worked tirelessly to make the hospice more efficient and sustainable. They moved the hospice from where it was to its current much stronger position. I thank them for always being there for help and support.”

Norman Broadhurst thanked everyone and said: “It’s been a great privilege to be chair. If someone has experienced St Mary’s hospice care then it is always good, and I am proud to be part of it. We have a great reputation and a lot to be proud of. We leave you with a strong management team and a highly skilled team of trustees. We’ve done lots of things to be proud of and we leave St Mary’s in good health! We need to build on our immaculate reputation and never let that slip. There are many challenges out there. Thank you to everyone and all the best for the future.”

Vice Chair, Barbara Osborne joined the Board in 2007; Barbara brought her experience including Director of Nursing for the Westmorland Hospitals Trust, Kendal to her role.

Val added: “In a sea of change Barbara has been a constant source of advice on improving Governance and has helped envision what the services could be like.”

Barbara said: “St Mary’s was great when I was struggling with the first year of retirement and gave me something to get my teeth into! Norman has worked so hard to ensure the hospice is sustainable, that we have an education programme and to help get the things I wanted for you. I have also seen first-hand what an excellent organisation this is. I am looking to seeing this organisation continue to blossom and I am so proud of you.”

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