Lord Lieutenant is Patron of Martlets

Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex appointed as new Patron of Martlets

Andrew Blackman, who became the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex in 2021, has been appointed as the new Patron of local hospice charity Martlets 

Martlets has today announced Andrew Blackman, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, as their new Patron.  

The Lord-Lieutenant’s appointment was announced after a tour of Martlets’ sites, including the inpatient unit, which is temporarily based at Maycroft Manor, Carden Avenue. He was also guided around the new building work, taking place at the Hospice site in Wayfield Avenue, Hove. He was accompanied on his tour by Juliet Smith who is a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex and Chair of Martlets Board of Trustees and Claire Irving, Martlets CEO.  

Photo of Lord-Lieutenant with Claire Irving and Juliet Smith

His visit also took in a tour of Martlets’ shop and warehouse on Old Shoreham Road. Throughout the day he was able to meet some of the charity’s staff and volunteers and find out more about Martlets’ work in providing life-changing hospice care to the communities of Brighton & Hove and the Deans and the Havens.  

Martlets Patron and ambassadors

The Lord-Lieutenant will be Martlets’ sole patron and will work alongside their team of ambassadors. This includes actress Carol Harrison and Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim. 

The Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex is a role appointed by the Monarch. He is the King’s representative in the county. His duties include looking after the Royal Family and Heads of State when they make any visits to East Sussex, as well as presenting honours on behalf of the Crown. His role covers the administrative boundaries of East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.  

Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex delighted

Claire Irving, Chief Executive Officer of Martlets said, “We are delighted to welcome Andrew as our new Patron and thank him for his support. This is a crucial time for Martlets as we complete our new hospice building, which will enable more people to access expert care and support as they face dying, death and bereavement.”. 

Andrew Blackman, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex added, “I am delighted to have been announced as Martlets’ new Patron. Hospices do crucial work for their communities and Martlets has an incredible reputation in the city. I am looking forward to working even more closely with Martlets to raise the profile of hospice care in our wonderful county.”. 

Lord Lieutenant with Martlets staff