Accolades aplenty for hospice staff and supporters in Hospice UK’s 2014 Awards

Nov 26, 2014

A roof raising music competition that gives local bands in Leeds a chance to perform at Reading and Leeds Festivals, and a 91 year old pioneering doctor who transformed care for the dying in east Lancashire are among the award winners at Hospice UK’s 2014 Awards, supported by The National Gardens Scheme.

The awards, now in their fourth year, aim to recognise the significant contribution that both individuals and innovative programmes have made to hospice care in local communities across the UK.

The awards cover a diverse range of areas from clinical care to gardening, winners include: 

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Founder

Dr Merton Seigleman OBE

East Lancashire Hospice

Dr Seigleman has been involved in hospice care for more than 40 years. After becoming a Consultant Anaesthetist in Blackburn in 1961, part of his continuing studies into pain control introduced him to the work of Dame Cicely Saunders. Inspired by the work of Dame Cicely, Dr Seigleman took the first steps to transform end of life care in East Lancashire by founding the East Lancashire Hospice. 

Innovation in Income Generation

Centre Stage Music Competition

Martin House Children’s Hospice

Centre Stage offers great exposure for local bands and has helped Martin House to engage with younger supporters. Since it began, Centre Stage has hosted 150 acts, exposed the hospice to a collective crowd of over 8,000 people, with 60 bands performing at O2 Academy in Leeds and five performing at Leeds and Reading Festivals. So far, Centre Stage Music has raised £180,000. 

This year the lifetime achievement awards have been named in honour of Hospice UK’s founder Anne, Duchess of Norfolk who died last year.

Anne founded the charity in 1984, which was then known as Help the Hospices. Until her death in April 2013 she remained passionately involved with the charity as its president and with the hospice movement as a whole. She was a highly dedicated supporter of hospice care throughout her life.

The full list of winners:

  • Innovation in Care: St Christopher’s Bromley Care Coordination
    St Christopher’s Hospice, London 
  • Innovation in Income Generation: Centre Stage Music Competition
    Martin House Children’s Hospice, Boston Spa 
  • Innovation in Volunteering: Hospice Neighbours
    St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmunds 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Medical: Dr Martin Leiper
    Roxburghe House, Dundee 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Gardener: Denis Hainsworth
    St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Nursing: Jan Little
    St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Chief Executive: Carol Stone
    EllenorLions Hospices, Gravesend 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Fundraising: Janet Morley
    St Leonard’s Hospice, York 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Volunteer: Helen Bacon
    St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield 
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Founder: Dr Merton Seigleman OBE
    East Lancashire Hospice, Blackburn 
  • Volunteer of the Year 2014: Alf Wilson
    Saint Francis Hospice, Romford 
  • Volunteer of the Year 2014: Kay Lewis
    Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted 

David Praill, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said “We had so many nominations and such a high calibre of individuals and schemes being entered that the Hospice UK Awards judging panel was spoilt for choice.

“These awards confirm what a lot of us already know, that the UK is extremely privileged to have such incredible individuals and teams driving hospice care forward year after year. We really are grateful that through the support of The National Gardens Scheme we can shine a light on these fantastic achievements.”

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, said “The National Gardens Scheme is delighted to participate once again in the Hospice UK Awards as part of our annual support, which this year saw a grant of £450,000. The awards recognise outstanding achievements by a variety of people and pay a crucial role in highlighting the wonderful, dedicated work that goes on in hospices up and down the country. We are proud to be involved and look forward to continue raising awareness of our two charities and the work we do together.”

Hospices already support more than 360,000 people with life-limiting conditions and their family members every year. The need for innovation and pioneering individuals in hospice care is vital as the sector faces increasing demands with more of us living into old age with varied and sometimes complex end of life care needs. 

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 fourth year that The National Gardens Scheme has supported the Hospice UK Awards.
  • 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.
  • For further information follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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