We are very sad to announce that Michael Bayley, one of the early founders of our charity and a longstanding vice-president of Hospice UK has died.
He was a close fried of Anne, Duchess of Norfolk, CBE, and they worked together to establish Hospice UK – then known as Help the Hospices. Anne died in April 2013.
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:
“We are greatly saddened by the death of Michael Bayley who played such an important role in Hospice UK’s history, right from its early beginnings in the 1980s and throughout the last three decades.
“His commitment and determination were a powerful driving force for our organisation, enabling the vision of Anne, Duchess of Norfolk, to become a reality and helping grow the organisation into what it is today as the leading charity for hospice care in the UK.
“Together with Anne, Michael raised the money to buy and refurbish Hospice House, as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years to support our work.
“He was a prolific letter writer and in the early days of the charity he contacted countless people asking for donations. Many of the people he wrote to then still support our work today.
“Michael was a private and humble man who was always very modest about his enormous contribution to hospice care. He will be fondly remembered.
“Our thoughts are with his immediate family at this difficult time.”