Published: 08:00, 01 April 2014
| Updated: 08:30, 01 April 2014
EllenorLions chief executive Carol Stone is retiring after 26 years with the charity.
Mrs Stone stood down on Monday after welcoming new CEO Claire Cardy.
Perusing her dream to help people in need of end-of-life care, Mrs Stone joined in 1988 as senior nurse specialist.
She said: “I had a dream and a vision for hospice care, and to be able to see it through is a tremendous gift. I’m as excited about coming to work now as I was 26 years ago because I’m so energised by the cause.
“I am very proud of the team and all that has been achieved. We have developed our care over the years by asking patients what would make a difference and listening to what they want.
“I trust the local community will continue to donate to EllenorLions Hospices for the benefit of those who need this exceptional care and support.”
Her long leadership has brought with it many achievements, including launching home respite care, establishing a specialist children’s hospice at home service (chYps) and the merger of the Ellenor Foundation and the Lions Hospice in 2007.
Chairman Mo Tutty said: “We are all very grateful for the huge commitment and fantastic leadership that Carol has given.
“She has embedded compassion and care within our core values and leaves an organisation that provides a much-loved and valued service into our local community.
“We hope she enjoys a long, happy and well deserved retirement.”
Claire Cardy said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of chief executive.
“I am committed to safeguarding the compassion and caring ethos at the heart of the organisation, while recognising the need to develop and grow into the next phase of development, helping more patients and families who need us.”
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