Patricia Broke said a fond farewell on 27th September as she stepped down from her role as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Patricia has given an incredible nine years of voluntary service to The Norfolk Hospice and has been the Chair of the Board for seven years.

During Patricia’s tenure as Chair she has worked closely with the Executive Team and trustees to strengthen the Hospice’s reputation and governance, and grow our income and reserves.

Patricia said

There have been so many highlights over the past seven years, every minute of which I have enjoyed.  I am very proud of our marvellous staff and volunteers and of the very real difference their commitment makes to families.

Patricia will be succeeded by Mrs Felicity Lyons.

Felicity has come to the Hospice from a background in publishing. She then became involved in setting up and fundraising for a new charity to establish the first children’s hospice in the south-east of England and continued to work with the charity for ten years before moving to Norfolk in 2003. Since then she has continued to organise events for many charities, including her local church, Wells Community Hospital, Alzheimer’s Research, FARA, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and The Norfolk Hospice. Felicity’s interest in and commitment to the hospice movement began in 1984 when her father died suddenly from pancreatic cancer in the Pilgrim’s Hospice in Canterbury.

Felicity said,

the way the Hospice cared for him and for our family profoundly changed us all and showed me that a ‘good death’ was possible.

Twelve years later her sister was cared for by the same hospice and once again the care she, her husband and family received was exceptional. Felicity joined the Hospice as a Trustee in 2015 and is delighted to become the new Chair of the Trustees.