Inspirational winners of Hospice UK 2015 Awards

Nov 11, 2015

A leading palliative care doctor and academic – described as a “remarkable clinician” – who also co-founded the world’s leading palliative care journal, and a long serving hospice volunteer who set up the first shop for St Rocco’s Hospice are among the winners at Hospice UK’s 2015 Awards, supported by The National Gardens Scheme.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the enormous contribution that both individuals and innovative programmes have made to hospice care in local communities across the UK. They cover a wide cross-section of areas from clinical care to gardening.

This year’s winners include:

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Dr Stephen R Kirkham, Chairman of Forest Holme Hospice Charity, has worked in palliative care since 1979 and has made a huge academic and clinical contribution to hospice and palliative care at local, national and international levels.

Dr Kirkham established the palliative care service in Canterbury and was Medical Director at Pilgrims Hospice for 10 years. He then went to Poole and was lead clinician for 20 years, his vision leading to the establishment of Forest Holme Hospice.

Described as “a remarkable clinician” and “an inspirational leader”, he was renowned for treating patients with the utmost dignity. He retired from clinical practice in 2012 but has remained highly committed to palliative care, taking on the chairmanship of the Forest Holme Hospice Charity that year.

The lifetime achievement award is named in honour of Hospice UK’s founder and former president Anne, Duchess of Norfolk, who died in April 2013 and was a tirelessly dedicated supporter of hospice care.

Volunteer of the Year 2015

Peggy Moss MBE, has worked as a volunteer at St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington since its foundation in 1981. During that time she has proved a highly dedicated and influential volunteer whose contribution has benefited the hospice in many different ways.

She set up the first hospice shop for St Rocco’s, established relations with Golden Square Shopping Centre which supports the hospice, and played a key role in fundraising for a new hospice building in 1999.

Peggy was awarded an MBE, in recognition of her extraordinary support for the hospice. As her parting gift Peggy, who steps down this December, organised the breeding of a unique St Rocco’s Rose which will be sold over the coming year.

The full list of Hospice UK’s annual awards winners is as follows:

  • Innovation in Care: Earl Mountbatten Hospice, for its partnership for the provision of end of life care for children and their families within an adult hospice
  • Innovation in Income Generation: Ashgate Hospicecare, Blythe House Hospice and Helen's Trust working collaboratively on the #ChallengeDerbyshire campaign
  • Innovation in Volunteering: St Joseph’s Hospice, London for its Empowered Living Team
  • Volunteer Gardner of the Year 2015: Sarah Butcher, Head Volunteer Gardener at Treetops Hospice Care, Derbyshire
  • Volunteer of the Year 2015: Peggy Moss MBE, St Rocco’s Hospice, Warrington
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2015: Dr Stephen R Kirkham, Chairman of Forest Holme Hospice, Poole
  • Outstanding Contribution to Hospice Care: Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks

More information about the award winners is available on our website.

Antonia Bunnin, Director of Hospice Support and Development at Hospice UK, said:

“We have had so many inspiring and heart-warming entries for this year’s awards, including some fantastic examples of trail-blazing schemes. There are some extraordinary individuals in our member hospices who, in their day-to-day activities, go above and beyond to transform care for terminally ill and dying people and their families.

“We are immensely grateful for the continued support of The National Gardens Scheme for our awards which enable us to showcase the very best that hospice care has to offer.”

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, said:

“The National Gardens Scheme is delighted once again to support Hospice UK’s annual awards as part of our ongoing partnership, which this year saw a grant of £500,000 made to Hospice UK.

“We are proud to be involved in publicly recognising the achievements of such a rich variety of people, who play such an important role in the wonderful work that takes place in hospices across the UK.”

Notes to editor

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
  • This is the fifth year that The National Gardens Scheme has supported the Hospice UK Awards. NGS has raised more than £3m for Hospice UK since 1997.
  • More information on the winners is available on our website. Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
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  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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