New Year Honours list 2015: MBE for Princess Alice Hospice founding trustee

December 31, 2014
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A founding trustee of Esher‘s Princess Alice Hospice has been appointed MBE for her services to end of life care.

Jane Formby, who has lived in Thames Ditton for about 40 years, is the charity’s longest-serving trustee as she has been involved since 1983 when, together with a small team of residents and business leaders, she played a leading role in campaigning and fundraising for a hospice to be built in Esher.

The 78-year-old said: “I am very thrilled and honoured to receive this award, but I am also embarrassed as I am just one tiny cog in a huge wheel of people – staff, volunteers, friends and supporters who all work so hard to run our hospice.

“I am hoping that this will, in a small way, serve to highlight and publicise the wonderful free service which Princess Alice Hospice provides to patients and their families across our wide catchment area.”

Mrs Formby works hard to deliver innovative palliative and end of life care to help patients, families and carers cope with death at the hospice’s base in West End Lane.

She has been described as the lynchpin for the hospice’s community fundraising events and invented some of the most-loved, including the Towpath Trundle, Candlelight Christmas and Women of our Time luncheon.

She was also instrumental in setting up the first Princess Alice Hospice shop and still champions the retail progress and expansion. The charity now has 39 stores, with a 40th due to open early this year.

Nicki Shaw, chief executive of the hospice, said: “I’m not sure I can find the words to put how much Jane has accomplished, and continues to accomplish, into perspective.

“She is a truly driven and inspiring person. She is a skillful campaigner, fundraiser, networker and public speaker. She is incredibly selfless and dedicated and she does this all with a wonderful sense of humour and with such grace and humility.

“On behalf of our staff and volunteers and all of the families that her determination and hard work has helped over the last 30 years, I’d like to congratulate Jane and her family on this fantastic and well deserved honour.”

Mrs Formby, who has two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren, became involved in voluntary work after she got married and grew interested in the idea of hospice care after making hospital visits when she represented Elmbridge Borough Council on the Community Health Council for five years.

She then became vice-chairman of the appeal committee, which was set up in the 1980s to raise funds for the hospice.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/new-year-honours-list-2015-8365151


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