Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – has today announced the appointment of Peter Smyth, Director of Public Affairs at communications consultancy Indigo, to its board.

Peter’s working relationship with CHAS spans back to an award-winning campaign recognised as the best in Scotland at the 2017 Public Affairs Awards. The CHAS/Indigo collaboration, ‘Better Care for Children with Shorter Lives’ demonstrated the success of a timely, structured and driven public affairs project. The judges credited it as being “sensitively delivered”, an indelible value that has always been crucial to the charity.

Photograph credit: © Lesley Martin 2018.

Responding to ground-breaking independent academic research that showed the system was shortchanging more than 15,000 children and young people who needed the charity’s help, the campaign sought to secure equal statutory funding for children’s hospice services.

As a father of three, Peter’s involvement in this particular campaign deepened interest in the charity’s unique vision for the families across Scotland who need their care.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Smyth said:

“Having worked closely with CHAS in the past I’ve seen first-hand the passion, creativity and sheer dedication that its staff and volunteers bring to the task of supporting families facing the most difficult circumstances.

“They are an absolute inspiration, so to be given the chance to support the charity as a trustee is an opportunity that I’m honoured and delighted to take. I can’t wait to put my own energy and enthusiasm into supporting the CHAS board as it continues to work ambitiously toward reaching every family that needs the care and support it is uniquely positioned to provide.”

Maria McGill, Chief Executive of CHAS said:

“We are particularly thrilled to welcome Peter to the CHAS family, given his empathetic approach and the encouraging working relationship we have enjoyed with him. We very much look forward to feeling the benefit of the nuanced expertise he brings to the table.”

In Scotland, more than 15,000 children and young people living with life-shortening conditions and CHAS are determined to reach every family who needs its services. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provide its hospice services nation-wide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions., CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.

The CHAS at Home service supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland. Through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country, we support families and clinical teams.

For further information please contact: David Kerr, Press Officer, davidkerr@chas.org.uk, 0131 444 4013.