A charity has paid tribute to its vice president describing him as one of its most “energetic and enthusiastic supporters”.
Hospice at Home West Cumbria vice president, Lord Judd of Portsea had been involved with the charity since 2008, serving as both president and latterly vice president.
Lord Judd was 86.
He and his wife Christine also regularly volunteered at various fundraising events and were very active supporters of the charity.
Dr Brian Herd, president of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “I first approached Frank in 2008, to ask if he would introduce an event celebrating the 21st anniversary of Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
“He had not been aware of Hospice at Home previously. He asked many questions and read the book Hospice Without Walls which chronicles the very beginnings of Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
“He then enthusiastically agreed. He gave a vigorous, stimulating speech at the meeting. Thereafter became one of our most energetic and enthusiastic supporters, as too did his wife Chris. The ideals and aspirations of the Hospice at Home chimed in so well with their values and priorities.
“Frank will be sorely missed. Our kindest thoughts go to Chris and their family at this time of great loss.
Dr Rob Walker, vice president for Hospice at Home West Cumbria said: “I first met Lord Judd when I became the chairman of Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
“It was apparent that he was an enthusiastic supporter of the model of delivering end of life care at home, and in fact, when he spoke in debates in the House of Lords he always mentioned West Cumbria as an example. I shall miss his passion and wisdom.”
Brendon Cook, chairman of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “Throughout my short tenure of being chairman of this wonderful organisation I have known Lord Judd as an avid supporter and vice president.
“His heart was, and always will be with us. Our sincere condolences to Lady Judd and his family. He will be sadly missed.”