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We are delighted to welcome House of Lords Peer, Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, to the role of Vice President.
Baroness Anne McIntosh agreed to take on the role with The Society following a meeting with Chief Executive, Dr Ava Easton, at the House of Lords on April 3.
“The Encephalitis Society is a shining example of a charity offering help, guidance and support to sufferers,” she said. “I have a personal interest as my husband contracted encephalitis as a 24 year-old.
“Fortunately, he made a good recovery, but I am very conscious that others are not as fortunate as John has been.
“I have been impressed by the work of The Encephalitis Society for some time and I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to support their work and raise awareness of encephalitis among the general public, health professionals and my colleagues in the House of Lords.”
Fittingly, the headquarters of The Society are based in the Thirsk and Malton constituency which Baroness McIntosh served as MP between 2010 and 2015.
Baroness McIntosh added: “To have an international charity based in Malton is a coup for the district of Ryedale and should be celebrated.”
Ava said: “We are delighted that Baroness McIntosh has agreed to become a vice president with The Encephalitis Society.
“She is someone we have admired for a long time and believe her experience and, above all, her enthusiasm will be a true asset to our work in the UK and abroad.”
The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.
Registered in England and Wales No. 4189027. Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1087843.