Mo Tutty, chairman of the board of trustees at hospice charity ellenor – the only hospice charity in Kent to care for all ages - has been named as a finalist in this year’s Kent Charity Awards on Thursday 16 March, in the Trustee of the Year category. Mo has been a trustee at ellenor for the past seven years, becoming chairman of the board of trustees in 2014.
“I am very proud to be nominated,” he says. “I have always been impressed and humbled by the dedication of our staff. I truly believe that the front line care services we provide are world class and deliver profoundly positive outcomes for both our patients and their families. I feel very privileged and honoured to be able to contribute in such a small way to this wonderful organisation.”
Mo’s career has involved him being both Head of IT Infrastructure at the Bank of England and Head of IT Operations at the London Stock Exchange and he has used his skills to develop an IT strategy for ellenor.
Mo’s own father was cared for by ellenor in the mid-1990s.
“I will be eternally grateful for the care, dignity and consideration afforded to him and the rest of the family during his final few days,” Mo explains. “After a long and very painful, unpleasant illness he died in peace and comfort, surrounded by his family.”
He continues: “This experience left a lasting impression upon me. I subsequently saw other family and friends under the care of ellenor and their experiences were consistently similar to my father's. It was clear to me this was a special community service that needed all the support we could provide.”
In addition to his role as chairman of the board of trustees, Mo also supports ellenor in a practical way. Last year, for example, he joined ellenor’s Iceland trek, taking part in five challenging days of hiking, including climbing to the top of Eyjafjallajokull. At times, it was extremely tough, but Mo provided an encouraging presence, handing out endless Mars Bars!
This year ellenor is offering supporters the opportunity to trek across the Sahara, while raising vital funds for families facing terminal illness. To support ellenor in a variety of ways visit www.ellenor.org or to sign up for the Sahara Trek, click here: https://ellenor.org/Events/event-details/sahara-trek