Who's Who

From very small beginnings the Home Hospice has developed into an organisation comprising a small team of part-time staff:

Co-ordinator and Counsellor:
Wendy Martin

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Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin

I have worked with the Home Hospice since 2012 as the Bereavement Support Co-ordinator. This has developed and now has become a counselling service for the bereaved and also for patients and their family when a cancer diagnosis is made. In 2016 I was privileged to take the role of Home Hospice Co-ordinator. I am dedicated to the work of this organisation, and with the support of a brilliant team I hope to continue to assist the people in the Swaffham area, when they need a helping hand.

Deputy Co-ordinator:
Alan Collison

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Alan Collison

Alan Collison

I joined the Home Hospice in 1996 as a volunteer driver but over the years have become more involved until in 2005 I became an Assistant Co-ordinator, helping with the day to day running of the organisation. In particular, I organise the patient transport liaising with volunteers to ensure that patients are taken for their hospital visits, look after our loan equipment and the general maintenance of our premises. I feel it is a privilege to be involved with such a wonderful organisation

Assistant Co-ordinators:
Georgie Roberts

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Georgie Roberts

Georgie Roberts

Some of our patients live in small villages and others have left their towns and families to come to retire in Swaffham. Isolation is a problem we often see, made much worse by illness. Understanding of the problems our patients and families are experiencing and doing what I can to help is what attracted me to become a carer volunteer in 1998 and to accept the job as Assistant Co-ordinator in 2000.
Since then we have started a weekly art and craft group for patients. A relaxed atmosphere, trying new techniques and having coffee and a talk are what we offer to our patients. Laughter often coming when things don’t work out according to plan!
It is a privilege to work in the community and get to know a really wide range of people with very different life skills and to be part of this team at the hospice is wonderful.

Sarah Leggett

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Sarah Leggett

Sarah Leggett

Before joining the Home Hospice, my working career had always been in administration. I feel I have been fortunate enough to have had a varied career starting ‘on the buses’ working for a large bus company, before moving to the NHS and then becoming a civil servant. During this time, I sadly lost my mother to motor neurone disease, after nursing her myself at her home. This made me realise just how important organisations such as the Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice Support are within local communities. I certainly could not have fulfilled my mother’s wishes if it hadn’t been for the various professional support that I received, and for that I will always be grateful. It is because of my own experience that I applied to join this organisation as a volunteer in 2007, and was delighted to be accepted as a Fundraising Volunteer on the Fundraising Committee, which I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of. In September 2014, I was fortunate enough to join the staff team, in post as the Home Hospice Team Assistant, and have since progressed in 2016 to my current role as Assistant Co-ordinator. I feel extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to meet and help our patients and their families, during very difficult times, and to work with such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who continue to make this invaluable organisation possible.

Sue Pert

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Sue Pert

Sue Pert

I have worked in Social care for over 30 years firstly as a support worker then Home Manager and finally as Training Manager. These positions included working in Residential Care Homes for the elderly and also small units for people with learning disabilities. I also supported staff, patients and families in one of our homes for people with Huntington's Disease.
When my husband retired we moved to Norfolk for 'the quiet' life but I soon found I missed the interaction I had been used to with my jobs, I found the hospice and volunteered to visit people in their homes and help out at the bereavement group, I absolutely loved doing this. I had been doing this for over three years when I was really lucky to be offered the position on the team.

Home Hospice Team Assistant:
Suzie Turton

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Suzie Turton

Suzie Turton

Before moving to Norfolk, I lived in Manchester and worked as a Bereavement Counsellor in my local Hospice. I joined Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice in 2015 as a volunteer on the Bereavement Team working with Wendy. In January 2017 I joined the office care team as Team Assistant which allows me to continue to work with my bereavement clients as well as support many other patients and the staff team.

Secretary:
Claire Beatty

In-House Accountant:
Adrian Adcock

The volunteer Management Committee is chaired by:
Dr Ian Haczewski

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Dr Ian Haczewski

Dr Ian Haczewski

I am the Senior Partner at Manor Farm Medical Centre in Swaffham.  I qualified at the Royal London hospital in 1983, and I have worked in Swaffham since 1988. Having referred many patients to the Home Hospice I have valued its enormous contribution to their care and well being for many years. Therefore, when I was asked to be Chairman I was extremely honoured, delighted and humbled to join the wonderful group of dedicated people that work for the Home Hospice.

The volunteer Fundraising Committee is chaired by:

Adrian Adcock