This year seven hospices and a hospice friends group have received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award possible for a voluntary group in the UK.
Created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002, this honour has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
Commenting on the news, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:
“To see so many hospice volunteers recognised with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is spectacular, but perhaps not entirely surprising. With hospice befriending schemes, bereavement support, fundraising and retail operations, and much more relying on the generosity of volunteers, there are so many amazing groups out there to acknowledge for their contribution to hospice care.
“Hospice care is a true community response to a local need for end of life care that supports the whole person and their loved ones. Hospices would not be able to provide this care without their army of dedicated volunteers – some 125,000 across the UK – that give their time and skills to directly and indirectly support people at a difficult time of life.
“This Volunteers' Week, we would like to join Her Majesty in recognising these wonderful groups, and extend our thanks to all the volunteers who add their weight to world-leading hospice care for people in their communities.”
The hospices and hospice groups receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016 are: East Cheshire Hospice; Willow Wood Hospice; Wirral Hospice St John's; Northern Ireland Hospice; Foyle Hospice; Friends of Sussex Hospices (raising funds and awareness for the hospice care providers serving the adults and children of Sussex); Princess Alice Hospice; and Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
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.
- 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 about hospice care 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. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter @ehospicenews.
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