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Press release: Jersey Hospice Care welcome new Chief Executive Mike Palfreman

The team at Jersey Hospice Care were delighted to welcome their new Chief Executive, Mike Palfreman, to the charity last week. Mike joined Hospice on Wednesday 21 July after 10 years with Haven House Children’s Hospice in northeast London and will be marking this move with a joint fundraising venture for both hospices.

Jersey Hospice Care welcome Mike Palfreman as their new Chief Executive

Mr Palfreman’s 11 years’ experience in the hospice sector together with his passion for providing dignity and choice to those at the end of their lives, makes him a strong appointment. As Chief Executive of Haven House Children’s Hospice, he too has had to weather the “COVID-19 storm” within a hospice environment and will be bringing his experiences and learning to the benefit of Islanders as we continue to face the challenges of the pandemic.

Mr Palfreman will be joining the Hospice team at a pivotal moment in the charity’s journey towards achieving and delivering its vision and mission of providing outstanding palliative care to all those living with dying, regardless of diagnosis and regardless of age. In 2017, Jersey Hospice Care extended their services to support children and young people on the Island and now their vision is to expand this into a purpose-built facility that provides overnight accommodation and bespoke spaces for a range of day services. This aims to be a “home from home” for those under 18s who are living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition in Jersey.

One of Mr Palfreman’s first ventures for Jersey Hospice Care will be a joint fundraising event with Haven House. On the 28 August, he will be joining two of his long-term friends and hospice supporters for the first leg of their challenging 870 miles walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and then again at the end of the walk. Mr Palfreman will also be joined by over 40 friends and former colleagues for various legs of the walk. As an annual tradition in aid of Haven House by Mr Palfreman, he felt that making the walk a joint event both marks his move to Jersey Hospice Care and celebrates the shared aims of all hospices across the UK: to help people bring dignity and choice for those living with dying and to help them live life to the full. For more information or to support his fundraising challenge, please visit www.jerseyhospicecare.com/walking-for-hospices.

Speaking about the move to Jersey Hospice Care, Mr Palfreman said: “I am really excited to be moving to Jersey to work with a team that is so passionate about helping anyone living with dying. That is what the hospice movement is all about – seeing each person as special, helping make each moment precious, and making every day count. In caring for adults and children, at Hospice or in the community, the team here is committed to putting patients first and helping each one of them to live life to the full”.

Mr Palfreman started working life in the banking industry with Hambros Bank, before joining the voluntary sector. Starting at the RNIB, he was initially a local fundraiser before heading up a Capital Appeal. Following five years at the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now Carers Trust) as Director of Fundraising, he became Chief Executive of Age Concern Havering, which has the highest elderly population in London. Following family experience of receiving hospice care, Mr Palfreman became interested in the hospice world, working for a year as Interim Director of Fundraising at Hospice UK before being appointed as Chief Executive of Haven House in 2011. He has been a member of the Board of CHaL (Children’s Hospices Across London) since 2012, taking on the role of Chair in 2017, and in 2019 became Treasurer of the ICPCN (International Children’s Palliative Care Network).