Footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst becomes Ambassador for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sir Geoff Hurst, former England footballer and World Cup winner, has been appointed as the very first Ambassador for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham.

Sir Geoff Hurst, the first celebrity ambassador for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

A new Ambassador

Sir Geoff remains the only man to score a hat trick in a World Cup final when England recorded a 4-2 victory over West Germany at Wembley Stadium in 1966. He played football professionally for almost 20 years for West Ham, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.

Speaking of his appointment, Sir Geoff said: “I am delighted to accept the role of ambassador for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Our daughter Claire was cared for by the Sue Ryder Nurses there in 2010 and so the hospice means an awful lot to me and my family.

“Our daughter Claire was cared for by the Sue Ryder Nurses there and so the hospice means an awful lot to me and my family”

“The expert nursing care and medical support that Claire received at Leckhampton Court meant that we could simply concentrate on being there for Claire as a family. The hospice is quiet and peaceful and the staff ensured that Claire's final days were as comfortable as possible.

“I'm looking forward to supporting the hospice and helping to promote the work of Sue Ryder.”

National healthcare charity Sue Ryder provides specialist palliative, neurological and bereavement support. Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice provides palliative care to its inpatients at the hospice as well as community nurse specialists bringing hospice to home across Gloucestershire.

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court also provides a day hospice, which helps people living with long term conditions to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, as well as offering social opportunities alongside others experiencing similar circumstances.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Sir Geoff on board as our first ambassador”

Elise Hoadley, Director of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Sir Geoff on board as our first ambassador.

“We are looking forward to working together in the future in what I know will be a fantastic partnership.”

Find out further information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice's specialist palliative care and support.