John Fellowes to step down at Willow Wood Hospice
Thursday 16th June 2016 11:42 Ashton News Posted by Adam Higgins

The face and voice of Willow Wood Hospice, John Fellowes, is to step aside after almost 20 years.

A week has rarely gone by when John, Head of Fundraising and PR at the Ashton-based hospice, has not appeared in the paper, raising funds, while he also has his own regular hour on Tameside Radio 103.6FM telling everyone about all the latest events at Willow Wood.

John said: “I’m sure that it will come as no surprise to everyone that I’m rapidly approaching retirement and have been thinking about retiring in just over a year’s time.

“After nearly 20 years heading up a tremendous fundraising and lottery team and previously a great retail team, I have decided to step aside now and hand over the reins to a new head of income generation and marketing.

“Making this decision at this stage is very timely as it will benefit the hospice as it enables me to be on hand during a transitional period to help and advise the new post holder.”

Karen Houlston, Willow Wood chief executive, said: “Over the years, John has done a tremendous job of raising funds for the hospice and has built a wonderful legacy for us to continue to build upon.”

Karen continued: “We cannot thank John enough for all his hard work, drive, enthusiasm and management which have helped to make the hospice the fantastic place it is today.

“We are now seeking a successor with the right level of expertise and experience to ensure the hospice will continue John’s vital role.”

John added: “I’m not hanging up my collection can just yet as I will be taking over a new part-time corporate role during this transitional period.

“Over the years at Willow Wood I have made a great number of friends within the business community and I will now be able to concentrate on providing an even better service to these loyal supporters.”

He added: “I feel very proud and privileged to have worked with such a great hospice team and outstanding group of people, together we have achieved so much.

“I want to pay tribute to every member of staff and to all of our volunteers, past and present, who have formed the greatest workforce I have ever had the good fortune to work with.

“But my special thanks must go to everyone throughout Tameside and Glossop who have made my job so much easier.

“Without their unfailing support and commitment to the hospice things could have been so different. Although I’m stepping aside there is no doubt that my affection and devotion for the hospice will never cease.”