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Sudbury charity founder recognised with honorary doctorate from University of Suffolk

Rob Brooks, founder of the Eden Rose Coppice Trust. (4644630)
Rob Brooks, founder of the Eden Rose Coppice Trust. (4644630)

A Sudbury charity founder is set to receive an honorary doctorate this month, in recognition of his service to the community.

The University of Suffolk will present the honorary award to Rob Brooks, founder of the Blackfriars-based Eden Rose Coppice Trust, at a graduation ceremony on October 18.

Mr Brooks set up the charity in 2007, following his wife’s diagnosis with advanced lung cancer, to help people with terminal illnesses benefit from the positive effects of nature.

The trust’s woodland in the centre of Sudbury helps hundreds of cancer patients, their families, care givers and nurses, as well as those living with mobility, health and disability issues, and Mr Brooks heads up several sites that offer palliative care and education.

He said accepting the doctorate was an “enormous honour”.

“I accepted the honour on behalf of all the volunteers and visitors to our three palliative care centres in Suffolk,” he told the Free Press.

“We, as a charity, work very closely with the University of Suffolk, both in connection with the school of health and sciences and the students themselves.

“In the very near future, I intend to work alongside the faculty of palliative and long-term care with a special interest in the effects of the woodland environment on life-limiting conditions.

“While I have no training or clinical expertise in the subject, my nomination will, I hope, allow me to mix with the fantastic expertise we have in this county.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award.”


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