Sir Bill Beaumont appointed president of Trinity Hospice

Rugby's Sir Bill Beaumont has been appointed as the new president of Blackpool's Trinity Hospice.

Bill, who is chairman of World Rugby, will be an ambassador for the hospice, representing it in the community to encourage local support and attending fundraising events as well as hospice meetings.

He takes over the role from former Blackpool FC stalwart Jimmy Armfield who, along with his wife Anne, was integral in establishing the hospice in 1985 and was then its president for many years. Jimmy died in the hospice last January.

Bill said: “It is an absolute honour and a privilege to have been asked to be president of Trinity Hospice. It is a charity that is very close to a lot of people’s hearts here on the Fylde coast, and one which I have always been very supportive of.

“Many people don’t know just how much Trinity relies on its local community to be able to keep its doors open every year, and how it must raise £5m to be able to provide its expert specialist care and support to everyone who needs it across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

“As time goes on, there will only be more people who need Trinity’s care, which means even more must be asked of those who support it.”

It is a charity very close to a lot of people’s hearts here on the Fylde coast.

Bill will also be championing Trinity’s dedicated children’s hospice, Brian House, which costs more than £1.2m each year to run, with less than £200,000 in support from government funding.

He added: “It is disappointing that in 2019 the government doesn’t fully fund Brian House, which must raise the majority of its funding each and every year to be able to care for young people with life-limiting illness and their families."

Trinity’s chief executive, David Houston, said: “Bill is such a well-known personality across the Fylde coast and a highly respected sportsman, and he will bring so much to our very important and very special charity."