One of Sussex’s best-loved charities has announced a new leadership team as it plans an exciting new programme in support of the county’s hospices.

The Friends of Sussex Hospices is saying goodbye to Daphne Slater and Christine Field, who have both completed their terms as trustees.  FSH has also said farewell to Kathy Gore DL, the charity’s founder and past chair.

“All are leaving to pursue new challenges. We are all extremely grateful for their incredible contribution over many years,” said Chairman, David Scott.

Meantime, FSH has welcomed new trustees in Simon Baer, who recently retired from a distinguished career as a surgeon at Conquest Hospital, Hastings, and Andrew Hicks, a fully qualified CIMA Finance Manager, with extensive experience in national organisations including, The National Trust, Homebase Ltd, and Whitbread PLC.

Also joining the trustees’ team is Chantal Wilson, the former chairman of Wealden District Council. She is currently chair of the Crowborough Community Association and a mentor with Charity Mentors’ Sussex.

Also joining as new head of fundraising and management is Chris Lawson, pictured, a well-known Uckfield businessman, former President of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and a former chair of the awards committee of the Sussex Heritage Trust.

Mr Lawson said: “I’m highly honoured to be appointed to this most important role.  Kathy Gore will be a hard act to follow but I’m pleased to say we’re not losing contact with her completely as she has agreed to oversee the handover period in an advisory role over the next few months.”

Mr Lawson said he was keen to build on the excellent work done by his predecessor to expand the FSH supporter base to a wider and younger audience.

The charity’s registered office is also moving from West Hoathly to The Granary, Cornfords Yard, High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1RJ.  The new telephone number is 01825 764488.