Former Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry is to become a new patron for Katharine House Hospice.
Sir Tony is to take up the role with the charity after standing down as the town’s MP after more than 30 years.
He said: “I am really pleased that one of the new tasks I am going to be able to take on stepping down from the House of Commons is to become a Patron of Katharine House Hospice.
“I know from all my years as a local MP, from friends who have had treatment there and from the care given to friends who have died there, what a fantastic resource Katharine House is for the local community.
“One always has to remember that Katharine House is voluntarily supported and voluntarily funded and so I look forward to doing my bit to help make sure that Katharine House has the funds that it needs to continue to carry out outstanding work.”
The hospice has some exciting plans for its future as it approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, and Sir Tony will work with the charity to secure support and funding needed to provide their services to the community of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and the Cotswolds.
Neil Gadsby, chairman of Katharine House Hospice, added: “Tony has, for years supported Katharine House in a variety of ways. Not least on the political front. Indeed he established with Jack Ashley the all-party hospice group of MPs which has always ensured that the voice of hospices are heard in parliament.
“I am delighted to welcome Tony to have a closer relationship with us at the hospice.”