Royal Honours for people in hospice and palliative care

Jun 13, 2016

Individuals working and volunteering in hospice and palliative care have been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.

Awarded on the occasion of Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday, these honours shine a spotlight on the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive at Hospice UK, said:

“To see the dedication and commitment of so many people working and volunteering in hospice and palliative care recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 is truly wonderful.

“We want to congratulate everyone on their well-earned achievements and thank them for the compassion they have shown, and the priceless difference they will have made to the experiences of dying people and their families in the UK.”

Recipients from the hospice and palliative care sector:
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Mrs Kirsty Freeland
Family Support Manager and Manager, Children's Bereavement Service, Strathcarron Hospice. For services to the Bereaved in Central Scotland. (Dunblane, Perth and Kinross)

Mrs Helen Murray
Chair, Ty Olwen Trust, Morriston Hospital, Swansea. For voluntary services to Palliative Care in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. (Swansea)

Ms Margaret Pritchard
Lately Chief Executive, George Thomas Hospice Care. For services to Palliative Care in Cardiff. (Pontypridd, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff)

Ms Emma Elizabeth Wylie Samuelson (Emma Samms)
Co-founder, Starlight Children's Foundation. For services to Seriously and Terminally Ill Children. (Stroud, Gloucestershire)

British Empire Medal (BEM) 
Mrs Evelyn Clark
For charitable services to St Andrew's Hospice, Lanarkshire. (Hamilton, Lanarkshire)

Mrs Tracey Parker
For services to Cancer Sufferers and Terminally Ill Children in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Mrs Barbara Ann Parkinson
For services to the Women's Institute and Treetops Hospice, Derbyshire. (Derbyshire)

Mrs Ailna Vanessa  Smyth
Fundraiser, Cancer Research UK and the Coleraine Northern Ireland Hospice Support Group. For voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland. (Portstewart, Londonderry)

Mrs Naomi Rachel Thomas
Founder, Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. For charitable services to Terminally Ill People. (Wellington, Somerset)

The full list of recipients can be found on

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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