Forbes partner becomes St Catherine’s Hospice trustee

Jonathan Holden, employment partner at Forbes Solicitors, has been appointed as a trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice.

St Catherine’s cares for people facing life shortening illnesses across central Lancashire covering the three boroughs of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble. Its specialised care is provided free of charge either at home or at the hospice and their aim is to help people achieve quality of life and dignity in death.

Jonathan will work closely with the other trustees and play a key role in steering St Catherine’s Hospice through the future, often drawing on his knowledge of the law, to ensure the charity survives and thrives for the benefit of the local people it serves.

Within Forbes Jonathan is a partner in the employment department and head of the education group and prides himself on taking a pro-active approach tailored to the specific needs of his clients.

Jonathan said: “It is a privilege to become a trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice which has an excellent reputation in the region. I am looking forward to working with the other trustees and chief executive to drive the organisation forward in what is often a challenging sector.”

Cliff Hughes MBE, chairman of the board of trustees at St Catherine's Hospice, said: "As we celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2015 and begin another exciting and challenging new chapter, we are excited to welcome Jonathan and two other new trustees to the board.

"Their skills and expertise will complement the experience of existing board and staff members, as we look ahead to the next 30 years and beyond." St Catherine's is known as the 'local hospice' because it is an independent charity and has been established and funded by local people since 1985. It currently costs around £5m to run the hospice for a year, with just 26 per cent - £1.3m - coming via the NHS.