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Monday, 01 September 2014

Carlisle's hospice charity looking for board members

New trustees are being sought to join a charity’s board.

People are being urged to come forward to help shape the development of Carlisle’s Eden Valley Hospice over the coming years.

The charity on Durdar Road will get a new chairman in 2013, when Carole Gerguson, who has led the board for six years, steps down from the role.

She began volunteering at the Durdar Road hospice after her father died there, but soon became involved as a trustee.

She said: “I wanted to put something back into the hospice as a volunteer because of the care which my father received.

“I was previously on the board of the primary care trust and it was suggested that my skills would be better used on the board.”

Unlike Carole, trustees do not have to have a medical background.

“The board of trustees plays an important role in planning and developing the hospice and representing the community,” Carole added.

“The current trustees offer a wide range of experiences from a variety of professions, including the emergency services, accountants and company directors.

“They are still volunteers and we receive the same satisfaction as other volunteers for helping the hospice.”

Anyone interested in joining the board should contact hospice chief executive Janet Ferguson on 01228 810801.

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