Tribute to St Clare Trustee, Mark Astarita    

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St Clare Hospice Trustee, Mark Astarita OBE, is pictured in front of the St Clare Hospice Memory Tree.
Published on: Monday 29 Apr 2024 at 13:23

We are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Mark Astarita OBE, a well-respected trustee of St Clare Hospice since 2018.  

Sarah Thompson, St Clare CEO said, ‘With over two decades of experience from the fundraising sector, Mark made a huge contribution to our charity in the time he was a trustee. All our trustees are volunteers, and that was the nature of Mark, to volunteer his time to help us achieve the best, specialist end-of-life care for local people.  

‘As a spokesperson for and supporter of St Clare, Mark was a passionate advocate for hospice care. He was an inspiring man, with a can-do attitude that helped our income generation teams meet their full potential. St Clare will be forever grateful to Mark for his dedicated service and his bold determination to strive for the very best for the people of West Essex. We will light a candle in our Sanctuary this week in memory of Mark and we send our condolences to Mark’s family at this difficult time.’  

Mark was the Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross for over 14 years and awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015 in recognition of his services to First Aid & fundraising. During his 25-year career he was responsible for raising almost £1.5 billion pounds for charity.  He was also voted ‘the most influential person in fundraising’ for a record four times. 

Mark was the former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and had previously held the role of Trustee at the Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and St Joseph’s Hospice based in Hackney.  In recent times Mark advised and supported the recruitment of senior personnel at many of the UK’s best-known charities. 

Mark was passionate about the work of hospices across the UK, having directly benefited from extraordinary hospice care in Hackney, where his first wife died of cancer.  Mark recognised that without the dedication of the amazing, caring people at St Joseph’s Hospice, things could have been so different. 

Mark was born and raised in North London, was an avid Tottenham supporter, and lived in Harlow near Parndon Wood.

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