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Madrugada president to retire

After seven years at the helm of Madrugada, the Luz-based association supporting people with life-limiting illnesses, Alison Blair has announced she will step down as Executive President at the end of November.

Alison has been the vision and driving force behind Madrugada’s growth and development as a provider of help and support to people facing life-limiting illness, in particular end-of-life palliative care at home.

To date, some 90 patients have benefited from Madrugada’s ‘hospice at home’ service. Through the public’s donations and support of Madrugada, it has been able to provide its services free-of-charge.

John Hough, Vice-President of Madrugada, said: “Alison has brought enormous creativity, energy and flair to the challenges of raising funds,coping with bureaucracy and, most of all, overturning misconceptions about palliative care. Her cheerful disposition, determination and resolve have won through where many others would have given up.

“The many letters of gratitude from ‘Madrugada families’ are testament to the importance and success of what Alison set out to achieve when the idea to create the organisation was conceived back in February 2009.”

Alison’s successor will be announced at the forthcoming Madrugada AGM in November.