Actress Anita Dobson, best known for her role as Angie in EastEnders, has become the new patron of Florence Nightingale Hospice.
Anita, who has previously visited the Aylesbury-based hospice to meet patients and staff, said she was delighted to take on the newly created role.
This is a real coup for us as a small, local hospice charitySue Jenkins, executive director of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be able to support the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in this way.
“Having been to the hospice a number of times over the past two years, and also having friends in the local area, I know how vitally important having this type of care and support on your doorstep is, especially for patients and their families in their time of need.
“I was overwhelmed by the people I met on my last visit to the hospice in December, so am delighted to be able to give something back in whatever way I can.”
Sue Jenkins, the charity’s executive director, said: “This is a real coup for us as a small, local hospice charity, and we are delighted that Anita has kindly agreed to donate her time and dedication to support us, and be part of our future plans.
“Our supporters will know Anita has already given her time and commitment to our Strictly Florence event, which launched our 25th anniversary year celebrations in October 2013, at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, and has already visited the hospice to meet our patients, staff and families.
“She has touched the hearts of many people, so we are very much looking forward to working with her in this new role.”
Anita, who is married to Queen guitarist Brian May, will be returning to our television screens next month playing Queen Elizabeth 1 in the new BBC 2 series Armada.