The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dame Judi Dench as a Patron.
Since 2009 NCPC has also led the Dying Matters coalition. Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Dame Judi Dench is recognised and admired around the world for a 60 year career of outstanding performances in classical and contemporary roles. She has won numerous major awards – including an Academy Award, ten BAFTA Awards and six Laurence Olivier Awards – for work on both stage and screen, and in recognition of her many achievements, she received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, became a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1988, and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour. She is probably best known for her role as “M” in seven James Bond films.
Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Dame Judi Dench has agreed to be our Patron. Having such as talented and popular person on board is a real honour for us, as we look to take forward exciting and ambitious plans for the future to help transform end of life care and change the nation’s approach to dying.”
Dame Judi Dench commented:
“People who are dying should be able to count on excellent end of life care and support, which is why I am delighted to have become a Patron of the National Council for Palliative Care.”