St. Michael’s Hospice Charity is an independent organisation that was formed originally to assist with the provision of funds for the completion of the Archangel Michael Hospice which opened in June 2015. Now our focus is on the daily operational costs of the Archangel Michael Hospice (originally planned to be called St. Michael’s).
The core focus of this registered in Cyprus charity (No. 3270) is to seek financial support from businesses and other bodies in addition to organising all manner of fund-raising events.
Now that the hospice is complete we continue to raise funds for the day to day running of the Hospice something which will provide a much needed facility in Paphos and in the wider Cyprus in general.
St. Michael’s Hospice Charity is a registered charity, Number 3270, which was originally formed in 2008 to provide funds for the completion of the building project. It now exists to raise money for the continued operation of the Hospice, which opened for the first time in June 2015; the running costs are estimated at approximately €300,000 per annum.
The Committee of Trustees of the Charity are:
Left to right: Andrew Lauder (Marketing Trustee), Keith Wallace (Chariman), Keith Smith (Responsible for Funeral Collections), Chris Peet (Treasurer & Acting Secretary)
Keith Wallace – Chairman
Keith is a retired Company director, a widower whose wife died in 2011 in the Prospect Hospice Swindon Wilts, where he was formerly a Trustee and Chairman of the Board between 2002-2006.
He was also involved during the same period as a member company with Pro-Help UK (Subsidiary of Business in the Community) an organisation which gives free advice to charitable organisations. During his time I undertook a number of projects with different charities covering IT requirements.
Keith’s association with the Archangel Michael Hospice commenced in 2012 offering business and charity advice during its planning; Keith was instrumental in arranging the twinning with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.
Andrew Lauder – Marketing Trustee
Born in the UK, Andrew has lived for 10 years in Cyprus and now lives in Kamares, Paphos. Prior to that he spent 6 months a year in Florida for 16 years. Married with two children, his university education was at Cambridge where he studied Modern Languages. His business career has included specialising in turning companies round from loss into profit as Chief Executive. Andrew enjoys swimming, walking, sailing, golf, reading and writing children’s books. He is also a Committee Member of the Cyprus Kidney Association.
When asked what brought him to Cyprus, he replied: It has beautiful land and seascapes, kind people, lovely weather AND I feel safe here.
Chris Peet – Treasurer & Acting Secretary
Originally Chris comes from Edmonton in the UK and retired to Cyprus 8 years ago. He now lives in Drymou, Paphos. Married with one son, Oliver, who lives in the UK, he was educated in Tanganyika and the UK.
He started career working for BOAC at Heathrow Airport and then after 6 years was accepted for overseas training where his roles began with airport duty officer, airport manager and country management. Chris became Senior Manager at Heathrow Terminal 1 and then later joined Emirates Airline in Dubai where his roles included VP Network Control and Logistics. During his career he has lived and/or worked in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Manila, Philippines; Cairo, Egypt; Muscat, Oman and Dubai, UAE.
Chris lists Football, Rugby and Golf as his Special Interests and he works as a Volunteer at the Archangel Michael Hospice.
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Keith Smith – Responsible for Funeral Collections
Born in Sevenoaks in Kent, Keith now lives in Zelemenos nr Tala in Paphos. Having retired, he came to Cyprus in 2003 with his wife who sadly died at the Hospice in August 2017.
Previously based in the UK, he was a state registered paramedic for 27 years both in Kent and London and was then medically retired due to a back injury. He was then appointed deputy security manager at the Cromwell Hospital in West London, taking early retirement in 2003.
When asked why he wanted to become a trustee, Keith replied that he wanted to give something back to the Hospice, because his wife was made comfortable and was looked after so well during her final days. After her death he became a volunteer at the Hospice but thinks he could contribute more given the opportunity.
Nichole Dake Eldred – “Nikki” – former Hon Sec plus Membership, PR& Media
Nikki was invited to join SMHC early in 2016 to take on PR and media promotions. Her reasons for accepting were clear; the Hospice opened in 2015, a mere six days after the death of her late husband, Chris Dake, who had been on the admissions waiting list for some weeks. Nikki was Vice Chairman for a year then took over Hon Sec from long-term Trustee Michele Brooks. In turn, she stepped down and the Hon Sec position has been filled by Kay Boyd Platt.
Nikki introduced John Eldred to the Charity’s work in 2017; they were married in 2018 and live in Anarita. John is in charge of the 80+ collection boxes, which are placed in strategic outlets in Paphos and regularly monitored and the contents banked. Nikki manages the Charity’s Facebook page and together she and John have organized many successful fund-raisers including the St Michael’s Hospice Charity Gala Golf Day for the past three years, with assistance from volunteer Barrie Hattam.
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Kay Boyd Platt Trustee and Hon Secretary
Kay lives in Pissouri having retired to Cyprus in 2009. She and her husband have owned a house in Pissouri Bay since 2003, having fallen in love with Cyprus over several years of holidays. She has two sons and four grandchildren.
Kay used to run a group of Employment agencies in London and then went into HR Management, where she stayed for many years, working mostly in the retail sector.
Her interests are many; she loves anything artistic – like flower arranging and craft work – and is a keen amateur artist. She is also knowledgeable about antiques having owned an antique shop in Lymington in the New Forest.
Since living here in Cyprus, Kay has been keenly involved in charity fund raising, mostly via the organization of shows, like the two Music Fest performances in Pissouri Amphitheatre in 2018/9, which benefitted both SMHC and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Kay now wishes to work more directly for the good of the Hospice and feels that joining the Charity as a Trustee is the best way to contribute.
Charity Mission Statement
“To support The Archangel Michael Hospice in offering free total palliative care to all, regardless of religious belief, type of illness or nationality”