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May 2015 - Newsletter

First and foremost I would like to thank the community of Howick for the support they gave us following articles printed in the Village Talk with regards to the financial challenges we were facing.  As you can imagine, the decision we were obliged to take last October was extremely distressing for the Board.  We were, however, blessed by your support and as you know, we were able to reverse our previous decision and reinstate our staff to their previous hours of work and remuneration.  For this we and the staff were more than grateful.    
All the members of the Board appreciate the loyalty of our staff and our volunteers to Howick Hospice and the efforts which they make to ensure the highest quality of service to the communities which they serve.  It is always a pleasure for me to visit the premises and know that I will be welcomed with open arms – just as other visitors are.  I regard HH as my second family and I am sure many of our members feel the same way.    
Thanks to Sharon, our General Manager, for her leadership and Managerial proficiency, which make our responsibilities as Board members straightforward and easily implemented.  She is ably supported by her professional staff and MANCO whose devotion to duty knows no bounds. Then, of course, we cannot forget the volunteers without whom we would certainly struggle.    

My gratitude to all who make my responsibilities as Chairlady so interesting and stimulating.  It is an honour for me to serve you in this capacity.                    
    Sheelagh Smallwood


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