I first came across Hospices of Hope through a supporter in Romania.  I’d been complaining about my corporate job in London to him and the next thing I remember was being contacted by Hospices of Hope asking if I’d like to work for them in Bucharest.  A chat with Graham easily convinced me that this is what I should do and I never looked back. From November 2010 until December 2013, I was campaign director of the new palliative care centre that was built in Bucharest.  

My time with Hospices of Hope was extremely fulfilling. The doctors, nurses and social workers were so impressively dedicated to their jobs that it was an honour to work with them.  The rest of the fundraising team had great imaginations and thought up inventive ways to raise funds. 

A key part of my job was coordinating a group of Honorary Patrons made up of CEOs of multinational companies, such as Vodafone, GSK, Oracle as well as Ambassadors of countries for example, America, Britain and Canada.  It was a huge privilege to work with such a prestigious committee. 

One highlight was an event attended by Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex where they planted a tree for the new hospice. 

Part of my leaving gift was an engraved paperweight which reminds me to “make every moment count” and it makes me proud to have worked for such a worthwhile organisation.  

I then moved to Edinburgh and helped set up a fundraising committee.  I currently run my own business and support Hospices of Hope events whenever possible. 

I have many happy memories of the various events I was involved with organising from VIP evenings to sporting activities. 

My fondest memories are my return trips to Bucharest to visit the new hospice once it was open and caring for inpatients and also the children’s hospice at Copaceni.  It is so lovely to see these facilities in use and people benefitting from them – that’s what my work was for. 

I was shocked and saddened to learn that many doctors in south-east Europe are not aware of palliative care and send terminally ill patients home to suffer unnecessarily.  There is clearly more that needs to be done and there is no question in my mind as to how vital the work of Hospices of Hope is.  Thank you for all that you are doing.  Keep it up!