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West Brom star Jay Rodriguez becomes first celebrity ambassador for Pendleside Hospice
West Bromwich Albion star Jay Rodriguez has been announced as the first celebrity ambassador for Pendleside Hospice after he visited the hospice earlier this week.
The 28-year-old who was born and raised in Burnley visited the Reedley-based hospice on Monday with his wife Simone and father Kiko.
Jay brought smiles to the faces of dozens of hospice patients and signed autographs, as well as having a tour of the facilities and finding out what services the hospice provides.
Following his visit, the former Clarets player has been announced as the first celebrity ambassador for the hospice and has vowed to help promote the invaluable work they provide for people with life-limiting illnesses.
Jay who has previously fundraised for the hospice by donating money from his 21st birthday said: “I was really surprised but delighted to be asked to become an ambassador for Pendleside; it’s such a fantastic local charity and I feel privileged to be able to get involved with helping to promote the work they undertake.
“What strikes you when you come to the hospice is what a happy place it is, despite the fact some of the patients are going through extremely difficult times. It was really interesting to have a tour of the facilities, I hadn’t been aware before of all the services and activities that they offered.
“It was a pleasure to meet some patients and staff. It was clear to see how much effort the staff put into making Pendleside Hospice such a nice place to be.”
Chief Executive of Pendleside Hospice Helen McVey said: “To have Jay as our first celebrity ambassador for the hospice is a real honour and we are thrilled that he will help us to spread the word of the vital work we undertake.
“During the tour we showed Jay, his wife Simone and father Kiko around both the day services and inpatients units and told them about the services we provide, including complementary therapies, rehabilitation, bereavement support, dementia support, hospice at home care, to name a few.”