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Remembering Jim Watt, PPI champion, NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

8 December 2016

Remembering Jim Watt, PPI champion, NIHR CLAHRC Wessex (pictured right)

We are sad to report the passing of Jim Watt, the PPI champion for Theme 6 of the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex. Jim was a good friend to our organisation, the Theme and WISeRD, our PPI strategy group. He brought a wealth of experience to his role as PPI champion, as someone with long term health problems, and also his other experiences in industry, as a school governor and as a family member. Jim had a real commitment to making a difference, and gently offered advice based on acute observations, with wit and charm. He contributed particularly to Themes 6 and 1, around initiatives to improve treatment escalation planning and integrated respiratory care, and enjoyed sharing a joke, and trading cake recipes!

Jim’s funeral is on Sat 10 December at Wessex Vale Crematorium and Mark Stafford-Watson will be representing the CLAHRC Wessex at this. We will also forward a donation to Jim’s nominated charity on behalf of the CLAHRC Wessex. Jim’s family have forwarded the following information for anyone else who wishes to attend the funeral: 

The Funeral

Saturday 10th December 2016, at 10am (please arrive in plenty of time):

Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2HL

The Get-together for Light Refreshment

Light refreshments will follow immediately afterwards, a little nearer home:

Waterside Sports and Social Club, Holbury, Hampshire SO45 2PA

Many thanks,

Pat and the Watt Family

PS We are asking that its Family Flowers ONLY but donations to Jim’s two favourite charities will be very much welcomed. They are Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington and Blind Veterans UK – donations can be made on the day, or sent directly to Diamond & Son Funeral Directors, 9-11 Lower Buckland Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9DN.

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