Chesterfield actress becomes patron at Derbyshire hospice

Actress Claire Price, Ashgate Hospice patron.

Actress Claire Price, Ashgate Hospice patron.

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An actress from Chesterfield is to become a patron at Ashgate Hospice.

Claire Price, 42 – who has worked on films including Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter and TV shows like Dalziel and Pascoe, Rosemary and Thyme and Agatha Christie’s Poirot – was invited to become a patron following her recent appearance at the hospice’s Leading Ladies lunch.

Claire said: “Having lost friends and family to cancer very recently, I am honoured to have this opportunity to support an important local hospice as a patron.

“I’ve only been involved with Ashgate for a short while, but I’m already so impressed by the care and ambition of its leaders – and the generosity and heart of its supporters.

“I hope it continues to develop as it provides this crucial service.”

The hospice’s chief executive, Lucy Nickson, said: “I am delighted Claire has joined us as a patron.

“We feel Claire’s connections with the local area are poignant given we are a Derbyshire-based charity. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Claire for joining us – we are very excited to have her on board.”

Ashgate Hospice, based in Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, provides specialist palliative and end of life care to people and their families across north Derbyshire, the Derbyshire Dales and the High Peak.

It is one of the largest hospices in the UK caring for more than 2,000 patients every year.

It costs £6.8million each year to run Ashgate Hospice. It receives an NHS grant of £2.5m but has to raise a further £4.3m to ensure these vital services continue to be provided.

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