Kirsteen Cowling is our chairperson and has been involved with Emanuel hospice since 1999 when she went out and joined the team full-time to help them develop their children’s services. She spent 7years in Romania, working with the hospice and promoting the need for palliative care. Since her return to UK 5yrs ago has been actively involved in fundraising and promoting the work of Emanuel hospice and maintains close contact the team, taking any opportunity to go back and visit and see firsthand how the work is developing.


Hannah Gibson is our youngest trustee. She was introduces to the work of the hospice in 2007 when on youth trips to run summer camps for kids under the hospice’s care. She fell in love with the children of Romania and was struck by the way that the hospice staff go above and beyond to bring joy into the lives of the patients and families they work with.


Olivia Harris is our treasurer and has been leading short term mission trips from the UK to Emanuel Hospice since 2005 – she loves the Romanian people, the staff of the Hospice and especially those cabbage rolls!  Olivia finds that work with Emanuel Hospice reminds her of what’s most important in life.


Michelle Jennings has been supporting and fundraising for Emanuel hospice for over 10 years, visiting several times to encourage and deliver health educational sessions. From her first visit, the people of Oradea have a special place in her heart, and she is committed to partnering with Marinela and her team to deliver holistic care to those with life limiting diseases.


Sian Lowe is our secretary and was first introduced to the work of Emanuel Hospice in 2005 through her involvement in the hospice children’s summer camp. Over the years the faith and vision of the staff and their commitment to their patients has been, and continues to be, a source of inspiration for her. Siân is pleased that she is able to sing ‘grace’ in Romanian at meal times which she finds never fails to impress here in the UK!


Helen Eckley is a doctor who is passionate about palliative care and has been to the hospice to see their medical work as well as helping with children’s camps and DIY for patients. She is particularly impressed with the high level of care the staff at the hospice are able to deliver despite their limited resources, which comes from their genuine dedication to their patients.