Welcome to the Spring issue of The Lantern

At the end of last year, Alan Sayles, the President of Farleigh Hospice, sadly passed away. I felt very privileged and humbled to attend the funeral service, Alan was a remarkable man and without his wisdom, leadership and guidance, we would not be in the strong position that we are in today. I am pleased that our Farleigh Inpatient Unit was there for Alan during his final hours and we will continue to support Alan’s family where we can.

I was delighted to visit our new shop in Great Dunmow between Christmas and New Year. Whilst I was there I managed to purchase my dress for the Love Farleigh ball, which took place at the end of February. Our shops and fundraising teams do an amazing job, bringing in the much needed funds to help keep our services going as they continue to grow.

We are thrilled to have our new Hospice Outreach Project (HOP) vehicle, and welcomed our Patron, Mrs Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant for Essex, to the launch of the HOP in the presence of our amazing trusts and grant funders, who helped fund the project. You will soon see the new HOP vehicle out and about in the towns and villages of mid Essex, so please pop in and say hello to the team.

We said a fond farewell in January to Ann Smits, who has led our clinical services for the past 20 years. Ann has taken a job closer to home and will continue her passion to provide excellent end of life care in her new role.

Alison Stevens, Chief Executive

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