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Pauline Payne, Chair of Trustees at Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Hospice seeks trustees

People with an interest in serving their community are being sought for the Board at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The Hindley-based charity which cares for people with advanced progressive illnesses and those people closest to them is looking for three new trustees.

Chief Executive Jo Carby said: “Wigan and Leigh Hospice is led by a Board of Trustees which is responsible for the governance of the charity.

“The Board are volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds including clinical, education, legal, business and accountancy. We are looking for new trustees who have an interest in palliative and end of life care and can offer strategic support.”

The role of the Board is to offer leadership, guidance and support to the executive team and to agree the overall strategic direction of the organisation.

It is responsible for ensuring hospice services are safe, effective and caring and that the hospice is well led.

The hospice is looking for people with a background in one of the following areas: Finance (with an interest in becoming Treasurer), Business, Legal (particularly employment law / health and safety), Marketing & Communications, Digital Technology and Workforce Strategy.

Pauline Payne from Lowton is the Chair of Trustees. Pauline has been volunteering for the hospice for almost 30 years firstly in bereavement support then as a receptionist before she became a trustee and finally Chair in October 2019.

Former English teacher Pauline said: “I passionately believe that any community should be judged on how it cares for its most vulnerable members. When I was given the opportunity to become a trustee I was honoured and delighted. I love being part of a team that is really working hard to help a vulnerable section of the community and not just patients but their families and loved ones as well.

“The hospice is at the heart of the community and makes such a difference to people’s lives.”

For more information about the roles and how to apply see www.wlh.org.uk and search under ‘Working With Us’.