2022 AGM - Summary

Hospice Hope AGM: 21st June 2022
Heather Village Hall

Peter Last, Trustee and Chair for the 2022 AGM opened the meeting with a comprehensive summary of the 2021 financial year, titled “Building on our Successes”.

Overall, given the effects of Covid and the general economy, the charity is in a very good financial position. The headline points are:

  • We ended 2021 with a cash balance of £199,000
  • Income was £115,000 of which £94,000 (82%) was generated through successful grants, trusts and foundation applications, spread over all our support services
  • Expenditure was £156,000 which resulted in a net outflow of £41,000

New Trustees

Stewart introduced new Trustees Dan Woodall and Dan Choucino and gave thanks for Daniella Walton’s key work carried out on safeguarding over the year.  Kate Last, Roy Stobbs and Daniella Walton were re-appointed to the board of Trustees for a further 3 years.


Behind the scenes our rebrand is in progress!  The charity’s new logo stays with the butterfly theme and a new strapline, which will reflect more on what we do / stand for is being developed.


Stewart acknowledged the continued support the charity receives from key partners e.g. Ashby Castle Rotary Club and Loughborough University IT department.  We are currently one of three ‘charities of the year’ being supported by Women in Philanthropy, which was postponed from 2020 due to Covid.  We have been delighted to have been invited to their key events and are looking forward to meeting many of their members at their Summer Tea Party at Saddington Hall on Thursday 30th June.  https://www.wipfund.org.uk/

Services Users, Services and Volunteers

Jim Vickrage, Charity Manager demonstrated how the charity grew in 2021 by revealing the following figures:

  • Service Users at January 2021 = 105
  • Service Users at December 2021 = 155
  • Year to Date (2022) = 187
  • Of the 187 current service users, 31 access more than one service

Jim introduced Sue Freeman and Jackie Hewitt to all attendees. Both are part of a team of social prescribers in the North West Leicestershire district and work as a ‘link’ between the NHS/GP Surgeries and organisations such as ourselves, who provide support from within the community. Referrals to our services by the local social prescribers have been a key factor in the increase in our service users.

Volunteer numbers have declined over 2021 from 72 at the start of the year and stood at 55 in December 2021. Currently the number stands at 50.  Increasing the number of volunteers to pre Covid level is a key objective for the charity.

With regard to services, Jim went on to say that in the near future the charity will be

  • Introducing face to face befriending
  • Increasing counselling hours per week from 14 to 21 hours
  • Developing our Long Covid support into a more general health and wellbeing service

Bright Hope House

Roy Stobbs, Trustee delivered the great news that alongside planning permission for Bright Hope House (which was granted in late December 2021) that the road traffic order has also been passed.  This will reduce the speed limit on the road where Bright Hope House is located, to enable safe entrance /exit to the short drive leading up to the building.

Some small legal items are being addressed at the moment, but hopefully the ‘turning of the first sod’ by former Chief Executive of North West Leicestershire Council, Bev Smith, will go ahead shortly.  A build time of approximately 10 months is expected, depending on the weather.

Stewart Shepherd BEM

The meeting was closed by giving thanks to all attendees, to the Trustees, staff and volunteers of the charity for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the charity.

Special mention was given to Stewart, who was recently awarded the British Empire Medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire at a ceremony in May. The award acknowledges Stewart’s dedication to many, many years of voluntary work in the local community.