ST RICHARD’S Hospice has welcomed a highly experienced chair to lead the Worcestershire charity.
Jenny Cowpe has been a governor of St Richard’s Hospice for more than 20 years and vice-chair since 2001. She takes over the role following the retirement of former Chairman John Bawden, who stepped down after 17 years of dedicated service.
Mrs Cowpe lives in Malvern and boasts a career spent both in the NHS and in university settings and thanked Mr Bawden for his near two decades at the helm.
“I have long been interested in the care and support of people who have a serious, progressive illness, which began many years ago when I heard a lecture by Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement,” said Mrs Cowpe.
She pledged to work to continue and build on the exceptional care and support the hospice offers to patients, families and the bereaved in Worcestershire.
Further research and education programmes will be a priority, as will working as a key partner in the evolving health and care system in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
Mrs Cowpe takes over at an exciting time for St Richard’s with the recent completion of the Build 2020 Living Well Centre and this summer’s Worcester’s Big Parade elephant art trail.
“With restrictions around the pandemic cautiously easing there is much to be optimistic about,” said Mrs Cowpe.
“We have a fantastic community who generously support our care through donating, and a dedicated and professional team of staff and volunteers who make St Richard’s the excellent hospice it is today.”
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