As Co-Founder of Children’s Hospice South West with his late wife Jill, Eddie has been involved with every aspect of the Charity since its formation in 1991.
Jill and Eddie were inspired to found the Charity following the exceptional care they received for their own two life-limited children at the world’s first children’s hospice, Helen House in Oxford. Little Bridge House, the South West’s first children’s hospice opened in 1995.
At the same time as being involved with the Charity and sharing the care of their children, Eddie was employed by Devon County Council as District Manager for Social Services in North Devon. As a senior manager he was responsible for a budget of £15m which included the management of residential homes for the elderly, children, and the mentally ill as well as fieldwork services including those prescribed by the Children Act and Mental Health Act. From 1999-2004 Eddie was employed as a strategic planner for the council and specialised in the complex arena of multi-agency service planning.
Following Jill’s death in September 2004 Eddie succeeded Jill and was appointed Chief Executive of Children’s Hospice South West in February 2005. He oversaw the opening of the charity’s second hospice, Charlton Farm in North Somerset in 2007 and spearheaded the ‘Precious Lives’ Appeal to bring the special services offered by a children’s hospice nearer to the children of Cornwall and Plymouth in the form of a third hospice, Little Harbour.
Unusually, Eddie combines the experience of being a carer of two life limited children, a fundraiser, a senior Operational Manager in Children’s Services, and a strategic planner.
Alli began her career training as a nursery nurse, very quickly knew that she wanted to be a children’s nurse and completed her training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
She became a staff nurse working with newborns to 18 year olds and then embarked on Health Visitor Training, working with families in the community. Looking for a new challenge she then took a safeguarding and child advocacy post at Dorset County Hospital and in 2003 was promoted to Lead Nurse Paediatrics. In Dorset she played a key role in the management of unexpected deaths and sat on the Child Death Overview Panel. Alli also managed the childrens community nursing team and was instrumental in setting up end of life care, working closely with children and families to ensure services were developed that gave families real choices at end of life.
Alli is settling in to her new North Devon home with her husband and Springer Spaniel and they are enjoying walks investigating the local areas.