St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth is officially under new management as Steve Statham, the charity’s long-serving deputy chief executive oficer, is handed the reins of the top job. 

Steve has 12 years of experience with the hospice, originally overseeing the support services and facilities, before taking up the post of acting head following management changes last year. 

’I’m delighted to be able to take on the challenge of the new role,’ Steve said. ’I truly believe in our vision of a community where no-one has to die alone in pain or distress so my priorities are pushing what we do to more areas, more people and more places.’

St Luke’s works with around 3,200 people each year via its teams supporting people at home, at the specialist unit in Turnchapel or from Derriford Hospital. It’s also one of the largest independent retail chains in the region, managing more than 30 shops across both sides of the Tamar Bridge. 

Key to the challenges for the new boss will be continuing to raise more than £10 million each year the hospice needs to operate. More than £4 million of that has traditionally come direct from the local community.

’I know from experience what a special place St Luke’s has in the hearts of our supporters and my team and I remain committed to doing them proud,’ Steve said. ’We never have and never will take their support for granted.’