The UK’s first “Simeon Chaplain to Older People,” working in the market town of Alton in Hampshire, broadcaster Debbie Thrower was for many years a face of both BBC and then ITV in the South.
She trained as a newspaper journalist, but her broadcasting career began at Radio Leicester, and Radio Solent. She was a national BBC newscaster for the One, Six and Nine O’Clock News, presenter of “Songs of Praise,” the science series “The Thrower Report,” Channel Four’s “Collector’s Lot,” “You and Yours” and “Sunday” on Radio Four, and had her own daily afternoon show on Radio Two for five years. She returned to news and current affairs back in the South, once again rejoining co-host Fred Dinenage on “Meridian Tonight.”
Debbie became the country’s first “Simeon Chaplain to Older People” for the Simeon Trust in 2010; working with residential care homes in Alton and in the wider community under her married name Debbie Thompson. A patron of the Winchester Churches Nightshelter and a lay minister (Reader) in the Church of England, she is married with a daughter and son.