THE new chief executive of Farleigh Hospice has said the views of the charity’s users and supporters will be key in deciding how the organisation moves forward.

Alison Stevens took over at the helm of the charity last week after 14 years in charge of Dorothy House Hospice, near Bath.

She said one of her main aims is to look at what the charity will be doing in future and what its supporters think about it.

She said: “We’re looking to build on current strategy and are also interested to hear what our supporters think about the hospice, what they would like it to do.

“We want as many people as possible to engage with our supporters’ survey which we’re just completing.

“It is going out to as many supporters as possible asking their opinion, views and ideas of how we can plan for the future.”

Service users will have the survey sent to them with a wider consultation due at a latter date.

Raising the profile of the charity among those who need to use its services is another aim.

Ms Stevens added: “There is sometimes a perception that hospices are just for people with cancer, but that’s not the case.

“We’re here for anybody who has life-limiting illnesses regardless of what that their diagnosis is.

“People also sometimes think that we’re just here for the end stage, we’re actually are here from an early stage of the illness journey so we can support people right up to the time of their death.”

And she has been impressed by what she has seen so far from her new base at North Court Road: “What’s struck me really is the dedication and commitment of staff and volunteers, the quality of services that are provided is exemplary, that’s something that we’ll work hard to maintain.”

For more information about the hospice visit www.farleighhospice.org