A message from our new CEO, Julie Monk

Hello to all our Hospice Supporters

This is only my third week at Hospice at Home West Cumbria and already I have been made to feel very welcome.

Hospice has a great reputation, not only for the care and support it provides, but also as a great place to work.

My first impressions have been very positive and I am lucky to have a very dedicated and hardworking team, with a fantastic network of volunteers supporting all areas of the organisation.

I was born in Cumbria and have lived most of my life in and around Penrith, with close family links in West Cumbria. I have spent much of my career in local government, working for Eden District Council for 17 years managing Environmental Health and Community Services. I then moved to work for Impact Housing in Workington as a Director and the Deputy Chief Executive, with responsibility for tenants, properties and new developments.

Many of you will know Impact as a local charitable housing association with strong links to communities and a focus on meeting individual needs, particularly providing support for young, older and more vulnerable residents.

So far at Hospice I have spent most of my time with Linda who retired last week, meeting staff and learning about how the organisation works. She has dedicated her career to Hospice at Home West Cumbria and is an inspiration; Linda will be a hard act to follow!

I attended the Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday 18th March at the Priory Church in St Bees celebrating the 30th Anniversary where I met many people including Trustees, volunteers and supporters.

I am really looking forward to meeting many of you, as I intend to be out and about as much as possible. I am impressed that so many people give up their time to help others, so thank you very much for everything you do for Hospice at Home in West Cumbria.

Best wishes, Julie Monk, Hospice at Home West Cumbria CEO.