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Local Hospice Volunteer to receive MBE

A LOCAL VOLUNTEER has been selected to receive a MBE in recognition of her service to the local community.
Esther Fletcher from Guilden Sutton in Chester, helped start up the local National Autistic Society Branch more than 25 years ago. Her daughter, Sarah, now 32 was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition as a toddler.

The family returned to the UK in 1989, after a lengthy spell overseas with Shell and settled in Chester, when her husband, Robert was relocated to work at their Thornton laboratory. Because of her caring responsibilities, she stayed at home and took a volunteer role at local Hospice of the Good Shepherd, where she has been a dedicated volunteer at the Backford site since shortly after the Hospice opened its doors.

When asked by friends and family as to why she would want to volunteer at a local hospice, she explains that her work has always been rewarding and is at the heart of helping people when they need it most.

She says, “My mum sadly died of breast cancer 50 years ago – she was only in her 30’s and it was clearly traumatic for the family and her loss is still felt by myself and my sister. I always think how much a hospice would have helped her at the time, but of course it didn’t exist then.” She added, “The Hospice of the Good Shepherd provides an invaluable service – I feel very proud to be a small part of it.

Now her contributions to education services have been recognised with an MBE, which she will be awarded with in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the next 5 months.

Esther said: “I feel very privileged to have been chosen to receive this award. It’s particularly nice that the nomination has been made by local authority staff both past and present. She added, “My husband Robert and I are very much looking forward to going to Buckingham Palace later this year, it will be absolutely amazing.”

Sue Beckett, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd said, “We are delighted for Esther and her family to receive recognition for her services. Esther is always friendly and we are indebted to her and others for their continued service to the Hospice. We look forward to seeing the photograph’s after the event.”

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sue on 01244 851091.