Sidmouth Hospiscare
Caring for people with life threatening illnesses in the Sid Valley

Rachael MacKinnon

Since qualifying as a RGN Dip in 1994 Rachael has concentrated on Oncology at the RD&E, working on the Oncology ward for 8 years, and the Chemotherapy Day and Out Patient Unit for 4 years.  Rachael joined Hospiscare in April 2007.



The Team



Volunteers are always needed

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, ring or email the Office Manager or Volunteer Coordinator to find out more details.




Our volunteers are not named here but their work is invaluable.  We have around 30 volunteers with about 22 of them being drivers.  Most days, patients require lifts, either locally or to their hospital appointment in Exeter.  Volunteers undergo training from Exeter Hospiscare in patient handling and bereavement visits.  Drivers are reimbursed with the maximum petrol allowance but give their time freely.  Volunteers can give as much time as they feel possible and hopefully find the role very rewarding. 



Although all of our Trustees are unpaid their names are listed below.  They are dedicated to providing a 24 hour palliative care service to patients in the Sid Valley, which is Sidmouth and its outskirts.



Sidmouth Hospiscare Registered Charity Number 1153338

Sue Packer

Sue joined the team in August 2013.  She started nursing aged 19 and trained for 2 years as an enrolled nurse.  After working for 7 years in a Hospice in Essex, Sue took her Palliative Care degree and gained a 2:1.  Sue has also worked in an Endoscopy Unit and has experience working with chronically sick young people, stroke victims and care of the elderly.


Ms Mary King MBE 

Mr Michael Welch



 Dr Barry Lowden  Chairman
 Mr Philip Cranch  Hon Treasurer
 Mrs C Veness  Trustee
 Mr Peter Sokell  Trustee
 Mrs Emma Bagwell  Trustee
 Mr Robert McIlwraith  Trustee
 Mr David Lee  Trustee
 Dr Peter Fung  Trustee

Volunteer Coordinator

Ashlynn Lee

Ashlynn joined Sidmouth Hospiscare in January 2014.  Ashlynn is a Volunteer Coordinator and liaises between patients, nurses and volunteers arranging visits and the driving of patients to their appointments. Ashlynn is also responsible for Patient services, the proposed development of Care Navigators, and publicity and marketing.

Marlene Maynard

Marlene joined in May 2016.

Marlene works as a Volunteer Coordinator and helps with general Office management, alongside Andrea, Ashlynn and Diana. Marlene also assists with the financial aspects of the role.

Julie Noonan

Julie was born and grew up in Honiton and went to the Royal Free Hospital in London, qualifying as a RGN in 1981.  She worked for 20 years at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre at RD&E Hospital then worked for 12 years as a Staff Nurse at Honiton Hospital.  Julie also worked as a bank Clinical Nurse for Hospiscare for 18 months before joining Sidmouth Hospiscare on 1 February 2016.


Angela Bolt

From 31 October 2016, Angela is the team leader.Angela has enjoyed a varied career to date. Qualifying in 1980 in East Sussex and working for the NHS for over 35 years. She has enjoyed a career in theatre nursing, NHS management and latterly as a CNS for stoma care. 

Angela has now been employed with hospiscare for over three years and says she finds the role  'rewarding, fulfilling and a privilege to be with individuals and families at the end of life.

Pat Jacob

Pat joined us in December 2016, having temporarily transferred from the Exmouth Hospiscare Team.

Diana McKay

Diana joined us in April 2017 and works as a Volunteer Coordinator and is also responsible for Estate Management, stock management and general Office management, alongside Andrea, Ashlynn and Marlene.

This website is under development.

Your Volunteer Coordinators are available to answer your calls every morning between 09.30 am and 11.30am.

01395 577126

Office Number:01395 578707

Volunteer Coordinators: 01395 577126

Chief Executive Officer - Dr Gill Ryall.

Gill was appointed as CEO in December 2016.

On her appointment Gill said," I feel privileged to be joining such a worthwhile organisation and look forward to working with the staff, volunteers, local community and others in the health and social care sector to provide the best possible care and support to all people in the Sid Valley with life limiting illnesses".

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MARY KING MBE - Mary is an Olympic Equestrian who has represented Great Britain at six Olympics from 1992 to 2012, winning two silver and one bronze medal in the team eventing.

Sidmouth Hospiscare Trust is delighted to have Mary as one of its Patrons.

Mary says she is very proud to be a patron, adding"Many people are unaware that Sidmouth Hospiscare is separate from Hospiscare in Exeter and funded separately, though the two charities work closely together. Sidmouth Hospiscare delivers a truly first class service to residents in our area and it is wonderful that being independent they are able to tailor their service to local needs".

Mike Welch - Mike became a Patron in January 2009 having stepped down after a number of years as Chair of the Trustees. Mike has been part of Sidmouth Hospiscare since its inception in 1987. "As Patron of Sidmouth Hospiscare, I am heartened to know that we are able to help those who need our support at such difficult times. This would be impossible without the tireless efforts of those within the charity and the local community who give their support to Sidmouth Hospiscare Trust in many different ways".

Andrea Allen

Andrea started work here in April 2012. Andrea is a Volunteer Coordinator and liaises between patients, nurses and the volunteers arranging visits and the driving of patients to their appointments. Andrea is also responsible for Volunteer training and development and for organizing events.