Dear Supporters,

Spring is finally here, the first since I officially took on the role as the charity’s CEO. Following in the footsteps of my father, Graham, (founder of Hospices of Hope) and leading the organisation I have supported and loved my entire life is both a privilege and an honour. You might even say I was born for this role, having grown up with Hospice always being a huge part of my family’s life. I am also very excited to have stepped into the CEO role during the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

So how did I get here? I visited Romania from a young age, and as a teenager completely fell in love with the country. I was truly inspired by Hospices of Hope’s work there and the impact the charity had, and continues, to have. At the young age of 18, I decided to move to Romania and work for the hospice as the Volunteer Fundraising Co-ordinator, a role I relished for over 2 years. From there I returned to England where I broadened my experience by working for a collection of luxury boutique hotels as their event organiser. Armed with this increased knowledge and experience, I returned to Hospices of Hope headquarters - where I fulfilled the vital role of Fundraising & Resources Director – overseeing all areas of fundraising with my committed team.

Those of you who know me will also know that for the last 13 years I have run the charity’s Summer Trips Programme, providing a much-needed holiday for very sick children and their families, many of whom had never had a holiday in their short lives. This wonderful programme is very close to my heart and I was devastated to see these trips cease during the pandemic. I am, however, delighted to see them resume this year.

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Over the many years I have worked for Hospices of Hope, it is the patients that are my absolute motivation – and they have taught me to make the most of every single day of my life. It is my priority to keep fundraising for Hospices of Hope, for them.

It has also never been such a challenging time for the charity. We emerged from the pandemic thanks to the generosity of our supporters and commitment of our teams. However, we now find ourselves witnessing the very worst of humanity, in Ukraine. Never ones to shy away from providing help where it is needed most, we have thrown ourselves into fundraising and providing medical support for children and families in neighbouring countries, Romania and Moldova.

As CEO, I will continue to work closely alongside the Board of Trustees to develop a strategy that will drive forward our ‚Äčmission to transform the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, adults and their families in South East Europe and beyond. As always this will be a challenge, but one I have been preparing for my whole life.

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