THE boss of WIGAN and Leigh Hospice has bid a fond farewell.
Chief Executive Stuart Liptrot retired this week after more than 22 years at the helm.
He helped oversee the crucial move from a somewhat draughty former vicarage in Poolstock to spanking purpose built facilities in Hindley.
He is succeeded by Alan Baron, 54, who has been director of corporate services at the hospice for the past 10 years.
Father-of-one Stuart came to the charity via a somewhat unusual route...banking, and, latterly, mushroom farming!
The Billinge man says there hasn’t been a single day when he has needed to drag himself out of bed for work.
He said: “I can honestly say that working here has been tremendously rewarding from first to last. We are only custodians of the hospice on behalf of the community because this place has always been community led and it will always be so.