MBE becomes first AOIC patron

 photo: Rebecca Lupton

The Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) has welcomed Claire Henry MBE as its first Patron.

Philip Spicksley, AOIC President, said: “Over the last three years the AOIC have gone from strength to strength and, in many ways, lead to way for developing new ideas and concepts in the world of Celebrant work.

“Appointing a Patron such as Claire, who has so much knowledge and respect in end of life matters, is indeed an honour for the Association. In her role she will be able to strengthen the links between the National Council for Palliative Care, the Dying Matters Coalition and the AOIC.”

The Association is an involved member of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and supports the Dying Matters Coalition, both of which Claire Henry joined through her role focused on long term conditions and end-of-life care at NHS Improving Quality.

Claire was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to improving end of life care. Last year, she also received a lifetime achievement award at the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards, sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support.

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