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Patron announced

Dermot O’Leary, radio and television presenter, has been announced as the new patron of St Helena Hospice: 'It is particularly poignant for the hospice that our new patron is from the local area and knew the work of the hospice well prior to his patronage. We will ensure Dermot is updated with news and dates for special events, and look forward to welcoming him to its Inpatient Unit in the future.'

Dermot commented: 'It is an honour to become a patron of St Helena Hospice. The charity is an institution in Colchester and North East Essex, and anyone who lives there has heard of it, and knows the great work they do. I hope we can continue to raise awareness of their invaluable services, and raise much needed funds towards the care of their patients and families. I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish St Helena Hospice a happy 30th anniversary.

Mark Jarman-Howe, Chief Executive of St Helena Hospice said: 'We would like to thank Dermot O’Leary for taking on the role of patron at St Helena Hospice. It is particularly heart-warming to announce such fantastic news in our 30th year. We are delighted to have the support of such a well-respected and community-minded individual.'

Dermot hosts his own multi-award-winning BBC Radio 2 show every Saturday as well as the National Television Awards, and regularly presents Unicef’s Soccer Aid. He has become a household name over the years from beginning his career on T4 for Channel 4, to presenting and producing Big Brother’s Little Brother, and hosting ITV1’s The X Factor for eight concurrent series.

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