Latest Founder Chairman Visits Willow Wood

After 17 years, founder chairman Don Newton revisits the Hospice to see developments in our care.

Willow Wood were honoured recently to play host to their founder chairman W G Don Newton when he visited the Hospice for the first time in 17 years.

It was quite an emotional visit, as Mr Newton saw the changes that have been made, and the new services now being offered including the specialist dementia service, bereavement counselling and our outpatients clinic.He said “I was pleased to be invited by Pat McCloskey, chairman of Willow Wood, to make a return visit to see recent developments.I was very pleased with what I saw and the efforts made by everyone to provide a good environment and care for patients, their families and carers.

“In wishing the Hospice, its staff and many volunteers well in their endeavours I know they will continue the good work in meeting the needs of the communities of Tameside and Glossop in the provision of palliative care which is so valued.”

Mr Newton was accompanied on his visit by Willow Wood’s longest serving female volunteer and former trustee, Pat Walklate; president of the board of trustees Martin Willescroft; former head of fundraising turned corporate fundraiser (and the longest serving member of staff) John Fellowes; and current chairman Pat McCloskey.Pat said “Willow Wood is a beacon of hope for many in our community, and the very fact we are here at all is down to Don and his team.

“It was their vision, hard work and sheer persistence that raised the funds to build the Hospice and to set the very highest standards of care.We are guardians of this legacy and will continue to provide the very best care for the people of Tameside and Glossop”.

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