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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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West Cumbria charity chief takes up new role

A leading member of staff will leave Cumbria Community Foundation next month to take up a new post with Hospice at Home West Cumbria.


Grants development officer Deb Muscat has worked for the foundation, based at Dovenby Hall near Cockermouth, since February 2007.

She was the organisation’s acting director after the 2009 West Cumbria floods when the foundation co-ordinated the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund.

It raised and handed out more than £2million to flood-hit people and organisations.

Deb was named Cumbria Woman of the Year in 2010 for her efforts with the foundation after the floods.

She is leaving to become head of marketing and income generation at Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Deb, 48, of Edderside near Allonby, said: “It is always difficult to leave a successful organisation like the community foundation and I will miss the team.

“I wish to thank them, the Trustees and CCF funders who have been so helpful and supportive over the last six years, in particular during the November 2009 flood appeal.

“I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues and the challenges that a new job presents.”

Andy Beeforth, foundation director, said: “Deb has been a big part of the community foundation team and we will miss her.

“I am delighted that she is going to work for such a worthwhile local charity.”

Linda Hewitt, chief executive of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “Bringing in sufficient funds to maintain and develop the excellent care and support to patients and their families that Hospice at Home West Cumbria is renowned for has never been more challenging, particularly in the current economic climate.

“We are confident that Deb is the right person to take on this challenge, raise our profile in the community and take us from strength to strength.

“On behalf of the trustees and staff I am delighted to welcome Deb and very much look forward to working with her.”

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