A WELL-known Ilfracombe and Woolacombe GP has taken over as chairman of North Devon Hospice. Dr John Womersley, a trustee at the hospice for the last four years, said he was immensely privileged" to be given the opportunity. I have seen first hand the

A WELL-known Ilfracombe and Woolacombe GP has taken over as chairman of North Devon Hospice.Dr John Womersley, a trustee at the hospice for the last four years, said he was "immensely privileged" to be given the opportunity. "I have seen first hand the incredible work the hospice staff and volunteers do and am honoured to be given the chance to represent this amazing charity as chairman," he said."The care we are able to provide is second to none and the praise our care team receives is heart-warming. If I can help their work in my role as chairman then I will be proud to do so."Dr Womersley succeeds Ron Ley, who is retiring from the hospice board after 15 years as trustee, having also been chairman for the last three years.Mr Ley, a property developer from Woolacombe, said he was sad to be retiring from hospice life, but would look back on his time at the hospice with great fondness. "The love and warmth that the hospice spreads is incredible and I'm so glad I have been able to be a part of that," he said.Hospice chief executive, Gordon Lester, was keen to stress the importance of trustees like Ron Ley and John Womersley within the charity. He said: "Being a trustee is a completely voluntary role, so those who do it have a great dedication and commitment to the cause. "Our trustees come from a range of professional backgrounds, from nursing to accounting, and their role is to make sure the hospice is providing the best possible care and that publicly donated money is used wisely. "We have been extremely fortunate to have had Ron as part of the hospice for 15 years, and I'm delighted that John will be our new chairman because I know what a great leader he will be.