I am proud and delighted to announce the appointment of Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel, as the new President of Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House. Lord Henry succeeds the late Lady Sarah Clutton as honorary President of the hospices.
Lord Henry, aged 28, is the eldest son and heir of the Duke of Norfolk, England’s premier Duke, and has many local Sussex connections through his family home, Arundel Castle. There are deep family links with the hospice movement through the late Lady Sarah Clutton and also Lord Henry’s paternal grandmother the late Anne, Duchess of Norfolk CBE who founded the charity Help the Hospices – now Hospice UK – in 1984 and became its first Chairman and then in 1998 its President. In addition, Lord Henry’s maternal step-grandmother is Mrs Kathy Gore OBE DL, chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices and a Patron of Chestnut Tree House.
Hugh Lowson, our CEO, said, “I was delighted when Lord Henry expressed an interest in becoming our President and invited him to visit the hospices to see for himself what wonderful places they are and how much our care means to the adults, children and families we support. On Tuesday 23 February, an EGM for Trustees and Members of Association was convened to ratify Lord Henry’s appointment as President. In this honorary role, Lord Henry will continue Lady Sarah’s wonderful legacy to provide the very best hospice care locally for everyone who needs it.”
Lord Henry, who will take on the role of President with immediate effect, said:
“I am very much looking forward to taking up the role of President of St Barnabas Hospices. Both hospices are amazing and the care they provide is second to none. I am honoured to be the charity’s President and I take the responsibilities of the role very seriously and pledge to help this wonderful local charity to the best of my ability.” Read more on our website www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/patrons