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Our Patrons

Our Patrons share our vision at St Peter & St James’s Hospice where people live and die well according to what matters most to them. We sincerely appreciate all the support they give us.

Lisa Welton

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Lisa Welton was brought up, educated and married in Sussex and feels “It is an honour and a pleasure to work as a Patron of St Peter & St James Hospice”.

Lisa has a degree in French from the Sorbonne and Oxford Polytechnic and worked in Paris and the Loire before pursuing a career as a Corporate Conference Organiser with the international publisher, IBC Ltd, in London. She went on to establish the conference arm of publisher Acquisitions Monthly in Tunbridge Wells.

Lisa moved from London to East Sussex in 1996 where she has used her creative and organisational skills more broadly to support a number of different organisations in the local community. These organisations include Tommy’s The Baby Charity, Beacon School, Crowborough, and an ambassadorial role for St John’s Ambulance.

Lisa has lived in Newick with her husband, three children, dogs, chickens and the occasional pig since 2009, and supported Sussex Hospices in a variety of ways, including staging an Evening of Celebratory Music to showcase young musical talent in Sussex. She has developed her interest in horticulture over many years, and has immensely enjoyed opening her garden at The Old Rectory for St Peter & St James Hospice since 2019. Her commitment to the hospice companion service has become increasingly important as a way of widely supporting our local communities.

Anne Billson

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Anne trained in Oxford as an Occupational Therapist and moved to Sussex when she married Hew, a Solicitor, in 1956.

Anne and Hew have lived in Wivelsfield Green for over 60 years and have always supported the St Peter & St James Hospice. Anne and Hew brought up their three children in the village and have been very much part of village life with the church fete being held in their garden for many years.

Anne was a Justice of the Peace for 32 years. She also volunteered as a driver and organised activities for patients attending the Living Well Centre at the Hospice.

Anne and Hew had a great interest in breeding and training Labradors as gun dogs. Anne had many happy holidays fishing in Scotland where she still goes every summer. Anne enjoys flower arranging and is on the Church flower arranging rota.

Matt Turner

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Matt Turner is extremely passionate about philanthropy. As well as being a Patron of St Peter & St James Hospice, he is also a patron of Chestnut Tree House and the founder of Young Start-Up Talent, a competition which aims to help 16 to 25-year-old entrepreneurs.

Matt started Creative Pod in 2006 and is the CEO. He has since developed The Creative Group’s portfolio to include Creative Pod, The PrintShop, SquareOne, Spacelink Commercial Interiors and 427 Marketing. Matt is only in his mid-thirties and, with no college or university degree, Matt’s success is based on his own merits, creative ideas, extensive network and first-hand experiences.

Matt Turner is married and lives locally with his wife and two children.

Susan Fleet MBE Hon GMS

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Susan Fleet was born and brought up in Burgess Hill. Susan has supported St Peter & St James Hospice as a regular beneficiary over the past 25 years and also by performing numerous concerts and fundraising events.

Susan Fleet founded Lea Graham Associates – a Burgess Hill-based PR consultancy and entertainment agency – in 1986. It is now one of the oldest agencies in the South East. She is the former chairman of the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association where she remains a director. Susan is also an ambassador for the Gatwick Diamond Business Association – Lea Graham is the longest-serving member, having joined in 1988.

Susan was Dame Vera Lynn’s PA for the last few years of her life. They became close friends, sharing some wonderful times together – which often involved singing and eating!

Susan’s passion for music and raising funds for charity earned her an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours. She staged her first charity concert in November 1970 and has continued directing and performing several concerts every year since.

Emma Cleary

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Emma is a trained teacher by profession, a traveller and a sportsperson. Her early career in London was spent in media sales for The Daily Mail, General Trust Group and Dow Jones International – publishers of the Wall Street Journal. She returned to Sussex and now lives in Ditchling with her husband, 3 children and 2 golden retrievers.

Emma launched her recruitment business specialising in flexible working seven years ago and most recently as an independent business called Flexibility Matters. Through her commitment and hard work, she has built a happy and motivated workforce by embedding flexibility at the heart of her business strategy. Emma was delighted and humbled to receive the award for New Business of the Year 2022 at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards in March and is currently shortlisted for start-up of the year in the Sussex Business Awards

Emma is looking forward to working as an ambassador for the Hospice to help them maximise their visibility through her continual business networking in local associations.

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