Calderdale charity chairman steps down

Chairman Derek Lee, 84, retiring from Calderdale Care Scheme, after 20 years. Pictured in front with wife Jean.
Chairman Derek Lee, 84, retiring from Calderdale Care Scheme, after 20 years. Pictured in front with wife Jean.
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A hard-working chairman of a care charity has retired after two decades of helping people in Calderdale.

Derek Lee has stepped down as chairman of the board of trustees at Calderdale Care Scheme after 20 years’ service.

The 84-year-old has worked tirelessly to support the charity, which during that time has moved to offices at Rimani House, Hall Street, Halifax, and appointed a charity manager, a registered care manager and a senior manager who organises staff.

The service provides respite care for carers in the home and was recently judged to be meeting all standards in an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Trustee director Margaret Birch said: “Staff had a collection and bought him a beautiful hamper and presented his wife Jean, with some plants.

“He has done a lot of work for the charity and has been a very good chairman.

“He will be sadly missed.”

The new chairman will be Jenni Feather, the former chief executive of Overgate Hospice.

Calderdale Care Scheme, which incorporates Calderdale Macmillan Care, was established in 1982.

The care service provides practical respite care in the home. including end-of-life support care.

It operates throughout Calderdale and offers Calderdale 24 hours per day, seven days a week throughout the year.

For more information on Calderdale Care Scheme call 01422 364455.