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TOUCHING TRIBUTES: Beloved founder of Watford hospice passes away

 Published on: 14th December 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Tributes are being paid to Gill Hollander OBE, one of the founders of Peace Hospice Care, after she passed away on Friday, November 25, aged 88.

Gill was one of the key figures who became involved in the 1980s campaign to turn Watford’s derelict Peace Memorial Hospital into a hospice following its closure in 1985.

Gill was the chair of the Peace Hospice Appeal when it was launched in 1991, assembling an expert team of doctors, councillors, accountants and solicitors, alongside Helen Ellis, who became the charity’s first CEO.

After setting an initial target of £2million, the appeal quickly raised £4million, and construction began in 1995 to turn the dilapidated hospital into a care facility. The Peace Hospice opened in 1996.

Having succeeded in her goal, Gill stepped down from her role, but she would continue fundraising for the Peace Hospice until her death. For her efforts, she received an OBE in 1998.

Chief clinical officer of Peace Hospice Care, Jackie Tritton, who knew Gill well, said: “I am deeply saddened by the recent loss of Gill Hollander, who was a founder and incredibly dedicated patron of Peace Hospice Care.

“As a fantastic ambassador for the hospice, Gill was completely devoted to raising awareness of our work and providing support across the organisation.

“Her loyalty, kindness and support to Peace Hospice Care over 31 years was greatly appreciated by everyone. Gill will be missed by us all”.

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