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Dorothy House Information

Our Approach

Dorothy House is a charity, founded on Christian principles of care. All our services in the community and the hospice are provided free of charge and with equal access to all. Our aim is to offer physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to patients and their families facing life threatening illness, death or bereavement, who have specific problems which need our specialist skills. In partnership with all others involved, we focus on quality of life, respecting the uniqueness of each person and their family. We seek to promote the development of palliative care through education of others and research.

To the best of our ability to strive:

  • For the highest quality in all we do, to enable the best patient and family care.
  • To recognise the commitment to staff and volunteers through support, education and development.
  • To respect each person as an individual.
  • For effective, open and sensitive communication.
  • For effective teamwork and collaboration.
  • To share knowledge.
  • To review and evaluate all our services.

Who's Who

Dorothy House Hospice Care, as a registered charity, is required to have a Board of Trustees which is legally responsible for the activities of the charity


Simon Coombe (Chairman)
Kate Tompkins (Vice Chairman)
Garry Peagam (Hon. Treasurer)
Dr Imogen Batterham
Christine Davis
Rupert Dewey
Diane Hall
Dr Helen Kingston
Ian Lafferty
Professor Stephen Lee
The Revd. Roger Nunn
John Waldron
Helen Young

Executive Team

The day to day running of the hospice is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Executive Team, headed up by the Chief Executive. They provide clinical leadership and support and deal with all the operational issues of managing staff and finances. The team consists of:

John Davies - Interim Chief Executive
Ann Wyatt - Director of Finance
Gill Cannon - Director of Fundraising and Communications
James McDonald - Director of Retail
Jayne Chidgey-Clark - Director of Patient Services
Dr Trish Needham - Medical Director
Helen Scamell - Director of People and Development

Updated Mon 1 Sept 2014.