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Mark Elliott trustee in Jigsaw garden

Community leader welcomed as new hospice trustee 

18 May 2023

A Cumbrian community leader has been welcomed onto the board of trustees at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, bringing with him a wealth of experience. 

Mark Elliott, who spent more than three decades working as a journalist and manager in BBC local radio, including half of that in Cumbria, was instrumental in instigating a very successful charity partnership between BBC Radio Cumbria and Jigsaw after seeing the exceptional services being delivered by the hospice.

The board of trustees, who are all volunteers, play a key role for the charity and have overall responsibility for the governance of the hospice, along with supporting its strategic development. The board also ensures that the charity maintains and develops its services to the local community, is well run and meets its legal and financial obligations. 

The hospice provides the highest standards of care to adults with life limiting illnesses in north Cumbria and to children from right across the county as well as extending support to patients’ families, friends and carers. 

Mark Elliott, who is 56 and lives in Burton-in-Kendal as well as previously living in Carlisle and Brampton, said: “I worked in partnership with the hospice several years ago and was hugely impressed with the organisation, the staff and the wonderful work they do. I’ve also had personal experience of losing a loved one to a life limiting illness, so understand how vital it is to get things right for those left behind. I’m thrilled to be joining the team that delivers such important services to local people.”  

Julie Clayton, chief executive, said: “I’m really delighted about the experience and insight Mark will bring to our team. Trustees play a hugely important part in making sure that we are working well and delivering the best services for our community.” 

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