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Nick Robinson – Patron of East Cheshire Hospice

BBC broadcaster Nick Robinson has been appointed a Patron of East Cheshire Hospice where his late father was a patient.

Nick, who was born and bred in Macclesfield, has enjoyed a distinguished career in radio and television, presenting Radio 4’s flagship Today programme since 2015.

His role will involve promoting the Hospice’s work, including hosting Meeting of Minds, a series of exclusive virtual events with high-profile guest speakers.

Nick Robinson, a new Patron of East Cheshire Hospice.

Nick said: “I grew up in Cheshire, my family still live in Cheshire and East Cheshire Hospice has a special place in my heart.

“It’s where my dad Robbie spent his last few days and I’ll never forget the care that he and our family received at that very difficult time.

“I’m particularly honoured to be asked to become a Hospice patron and would urge people to support this wonderful charity any way they can.”

Nick has worked in broadcasting for almost 35 years and was appointed deputy editor of Panorama in 1993, moving into political reporting in 1996.

He is the only journalist to have been political editor for both the BBC and ITV where he spent three years from 2002.

He assumed the same role on his return to the BBC, reporting on Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron during 10 years in the post.

Nick has made several documentaries on subjects ranging from Sir Alex Ferguson’s career – he is a Manchester United fan – to Brexit negotiations and immigration.

An accomplished author, his Election Notebook charted the lead up to the 2015 General Election and his successful fight with cancer, subsequent loss of voice and his own challenge to report on the election. His Twitter feed @bbcnickrobinson has 1m followers.

Hospice Chief Executive Karyn Johnston said: “We are honoured that Nick has agreed to become a Hospice patron. His face and voice are familiar on television and radio and he is hugely respected, deservedly winning many awards for his outstanding journalism.”

The Hospice’s other Patron is former Coronation Street actor Charlie Lawson.

* Nick Robinson’s guests in the Meeting of Minds series include Terry Waite CBE; Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell, DBE, DL; Lord Jim O’Neill and Sir John Timpson CBE.

Rob Barrow MBE

Rob Barrow DL, a former Chair of Trustees at East Cheshire Hospice, has been awarded the MBE for his services to the community.

Wife Pam, daughter Fiona Hobbs and grandson Kit Hobbs joined him at Buckingham Palace where he received the honour from the Queen.

Rob, from Macclesfield, helped set up the Hospice @Home service at East Cheshire where he also strengthened the charity’s governance during his three years at the helm.

The MBE was awarded for services to education, charity and various philanthropic activities.

Rob and his wife have devoted much of their energies towards helping good causes since he retired from business 16 years ago.

Charities supported include Cre8, Cheshire Community Foundation and the National Trust. Rob is a former governor of The King’s School, Macclesfield.

Rob founded a computer software company which employed more than 600 people worldwide and his work took him to Silicon Valley, California, at a time when the internet was in its infancy.

Rob said: “I was humbled, honoured and flattered to receive the MBE and we were nervous when we found out the Queen was issuing the awards.”