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Paul Horrocks is a journalist and media expert and former editor-in-chief of the Manchester Evening News. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester.
His mother was cared for at the Dumers Lane site and when he was chairman of Bury Primary Care Trust, he became involved with the hospice through that role.
Paul said: “I had been chairman of the PCT and we saw the development of the hospice and helped fund the new building. I remember coming here in wellies when it had just been built and we handed over the cheque for the new building. I later had an opportunity to join the board after I left the PCT and there was a big push to get the hospice back on a stable footing after a turbulent time. I wanted to make sure that we fulfilled the maximum potential that this hospice has. We also needed to raise the profile of the hospice and let people know about the services we provide and what we can offer them.”
Deborah Lisle became involved with the hospice after the death of her husband John, in October, 2015. The family were overwhelmed by the care and support they received from the hospice and Deborah has made it her mission to help in any way she can.
Deborah said: “As well as being a trustee, I am volunteer and organise the annual Strictly Best Foot Forward event. As a family, we will always remember what they did for John and for us. I am on a mission to do all I can to raise money for the hospice and raise awareness. I have a passion to make as much money for the hospice as I can and to help in any way I can. It is an absolutely vital service and no family in Bury should have to deal with a crisis situation at home when they could come here. It is about providing dignity which everyone needs. This is the best in Bury we can offer, but we need everyone in the town to support us because Bury is a big area – we have six townships.”
Donna has been a trustee since November 2016 and her experience as a headteacher is invaluable in supporting hospice governance. She felt compelled to ‘give back’ having experienced the love and care at Bury Hospice when her mum was being cared for.
As headteacher of St Mary’s Primary School in Haslingden, Donna is passionate about dispelling the myths of Hospices, especially amongst younger audiences. Donna is driven in providing the best possible experience for her school – the recent accolade of St Mary’s bring ranked as the 14th best state primary school in the country by The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2020 is testament to that.
Donna said: “Before I stepped foot in a hospice I really had no idea how friendly, welcoming and homely they are, and that is especially true of Bury Hospice. My mission now is to involve younger people with Bury Hospice by bringing them in to meet the people here and see the fantastic work that goes on. Bury Hospice is an invaluable asset to the community of Bury, and being a trustee allows me to have a voice in making sure that we continue to keep developing to meet the ever increasing needs of the families we care for.”
Devin is the Principal of a boarding school in Yorkshire and was Vice Principal at Bury Grammar School and Head of the Boys' School. He has taught in both the state and independent sectors, serves as a schools inspector and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered College of Teaching. He believes that Bury Hospice is a very special place and an incredibly important organisation which is there for the people of Bury at their time of need providing dignity and exceptional care for patients and their families.
Ruth Deakin is a Bury based lawyer who runs her own company Optimal Employment Law Ltd which provides support to many local businesses with employment law advice and HR issues. When Ruth read that Bury Hospice was recruiting new Trustees she got in touch immediately to express her interest.
She said: “The reason I did this was twofold. I value the opportunity to “give back” and by this I mean giving my time and support to such a worthy cause. Secondly, the hospice has always held a special place with me given my late father was cared for in the hospice where he passed away. At the time, I was a teenager and the hospice also supported me and made sure I received the support I needed. For this, I will be forever grateful. I enjoy being part of a team which makes decisions in the best interests of the hospice and the services it provides. Given how important the hospice is to our community, I know how much this means to so many people. The decisions we make will impact our community and therefore I understand the importance of my role as a Trustee. I am truly honoured and grateful to hold such a special position for the hospice. I know many families who have benefitted from the use of the hospice and without it, they would have suffered greatly. It is therefore imperative we can keep the hospice and all its fantastic services which it offers to our community. In order to be able to do this, we have some challenges to overcome in raising the necessary funds the hospice but I am certain that with great input from our Trustees and the amazing support from our community, we can overcome these challenges and make it happen!”
Liaqat is a retired scientist. Liaqat’s extensive local knowledge of the Bury Community is proving a valuable asset to the Hospice. He is also a long standing Governor at Unsworth Academy, is a member of Chief Executive Leadership team of the local authority, is part of the Multifath group (Chair of Bury faith forum) and is a Registrary (out of hours). Liaqat is also chair of the finance and audit committee at Unsworth Academy and the chair of the audit committee at Bury College. He is chairman of the Bury Islamic Centre (Fundraising).
He was the multifaith representative at LUAL 2020.
Liaqat said he wanted to bring his experience of working in the community to help promote the “amazing” work of the hospice to as many people as possible.
“I am very proud to have become a trustee for the Hospice, which is such vital service in Bury and has affected the lives of so many people locally in the 30 years it has been operating,” he added.
Dr Kevin Jones grew up in Chester and qualified in Medicine from Liverpool University in 1977. He worked on the Heart-Lung transplant team at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge as a registrar and was a senior registrar at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He became a Consultant Physician at Bury General in 1990 and then moved to the Royal Bolton Hospital in 1998. While at Bolton he was the lead for Acute Medicine until retiring in June of this year. His wife Liz has also just retired from GP practice in Bolton and they have two sons, Rob and Will. Will is a Health Improvement Practitioner and Rob a musician. Kevin loves sports, travel, comedy and music being a huge Bob Dylan fan.
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