Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Boss at Hospice Helm; CHIEF EXECUTIVE VOWS TO REBUILD CONFIDENCE IN CHARITY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Boss at Hospice Helm; CHIEF EXECUTIVE VOWS TO REBUILD CONFIDENCE IN CHARITY

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

THE new Butterwick Hospice chief executive has vowed to "rebuild confidence" in the charity after a turbulent spell in its history.

Debbie Jones, who has held several health service management roles, will take over at the Stockton-based Butterwick on September 1. And Newcastle-born Debbie, who is currently national service improvement manager for NHS property services, says she's "excited and humbled" to be joining an "incredibly important organisation that means so much to people in our region."

The previous chief executive, Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, stood down in April. He has since been arrested on suspicion of fraud and a police probe is ongoing.

His successor said: "These are clearly difficult times, and I'm unable to comment about the police investigation for obvious legal reasons. However, all my efforts will go into moving forward and rebuilding confidence in an organisation that has carried out amazing work for more than 30 years."

The Butterwick Hospice movement was launched in 1984 by inspirational Stockton mum-of-four Mary Butterwick OBE.

When her husband John died of cancer, Mary responded by selling her home to kick-start the finances for a place where people could die with dignity. She died, aged 91, in October 2015.

Debbie said: "In the midst of her own personal grief, Mary saw the big picture, and that is what we all have to do now to ensure her legacy continues.

"My priority is to ensure that we run a tight a ship so that our army of loyal fundraisers have complete confidence, and to combine that with ambassadorial duties to keep the Butterwick's profile is as high as possible. …

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