A ROYAL honour has been bestowed on the Chairman of Bolton Hospice.

Judith Bromley has been appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant to help assist the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out the role as The Queen's representative.

Judith said she was "immensely proud" and would be doing all she can to "promote Bolton and its amazing people"

Judith, who is also the managing partner of Bolton-based Russell and Russell Solicitors, heading up the wills and probate department, said: "I was so shocked to discover I had been chosen for this amazing honour. I could not be more proud.

"It is a privilege to represent the Hospice and my new role will enable me to be an ambassador for that wonderful organisation and Bolton and all the great things that we do in this borough.”

Deputy Lord Lieutenants are asked to provide support in areas including Honours Nominations, Assessments for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, suggesting names for Royal Garden Parties and representing the Sovereign at Citizenship Ceremonies.

The appointment comes just months after Saeed Atcha, who became the youngest recipient of an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List, was also made a Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

Dr Leigh Vallance, Chief Executive of Bolton Hospice, said: “This is immensely prestigious role that is very well deserved and builds on the high profile, integrity and standing of our Chairman’s links across Bolton, from grass roots community charity levels through to business, education, legal, health and public service levels.

"Judith is truly the pride of Bolton and especially of Bolton Hospice.”

Judith completed her law degree and solicitors finals at Leeds University in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

She qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and joined Russell & Russell in 1990.

Outside work, Judith says she enjoys anything to do with mountains - skiing down them or trekking up them and is a keen walker.

She was born in and still lives in Bolton and has been married to Phil for 29 years.