Incredible winners of Hospice UK 2016 awards

Nov 17, 2016

A pioneering partnership which opened up the grounds of a hospice in Preston to create the first new park in the area for 40 years and an impressively dedicated young volunteer who has supported a hospice in Ebbw Vale since she was just four years old are among the winners of Hospice UK’s 2016 Awards.

The awards, supported by the National Gardens Scheme and which are now in their sixth year, recognise the immensely valuable contribution made by both individuals and innovative schemes and partnerships to hospice care in local communities across the country.

This year’s winners include:

Innovation in Income Generation

St Catherine's Hospice- Preston: St Catherine's Park

St Catherine’s Park was created after St Catherine’s Hospice opened up its grounds to the public by developing its 11-acre site, along with nearby council land. It is the first park to have opened in South Ribble in more than 40 years.

Featuring a stunning new World War One centenary memorial peace garden, and a bluebell wood, it provides a picturesque outdoor space for everyone in the local community, including hospice patients and their families, local children playing or people attending remembrance events.

In its first year the park has already generated £50,000 in profits through its social enterprise café and community hub The Mill, as well as £40,000 through on-site fundraising events and is expected to attract 80,000 new visitors to the area. The project is aimed at helping make the hospice more accessible to people and integrating it into everyday life.

Young Volunteer of the Year 2016

Ellie Tetley: Hospice of the Valleys

Ellie Tetley, from Blaina, started out volunteering exceptionally early in life, beginning fundraising for the Hospice of the Valleys when she was just four years old.

She is an inspiration to everyone at the hospice, not only through her impressive commitment and dedication at such an early age but also in the positive way she dealt with the loss of her great-uncle, to whom she was very close, who died from cancer just before Christmas in 2013. With the hospice’s help, he was able to die at home as he wished, instead of in hospital and the whole experience motivated Ellie to help other people like him.

Now aged seven, Ellie and her great-aunt tirelessly spend hours making lots of different items including greetings card, socks and bags of sweets to sell in the hospice’s Blaina shop and at local hospice and community events.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

  • Innovation in Care: St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon teamed up with Basildon Hospital for this innovative project to successfully tackle limited access to hospice care for people with advanced liver disease.
  • Innovation in Income Generation: St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston led a pioneering partnership to open up its grounds and create a new park which has helped make the hospice more accessible and part of everyday life. 
  • Innovation in Volunteering: Princess Alice Hospice developed an innovative six month volunteering programme for young people, aimed at 17-year-olds supporting staff in the hospice’s in-patient unit.
  • Volunteer Gardener of the Year 2016: Volunteer Head Gardener Ron Willett has provided exceptional service for 16 years, helping keep the gardens at Keech Hospice Care in Luton in top condition.
  • Volunteer of the Year 2016: Carl Roche has volunteered at St Christopher’s Hospice in south London for 33 years. He has become a highly valued member of the team and has never missed a volunteering shift.
  • Volunteer of the Year 2016: Special Commendation: Jamie Ward, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has volunteered in The Mill café, a social enterprise project located in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice for the last two years. His volunteering experience has increased his confidence and he now also has a paid role one day a week at The Mill.
  • Young Volunteer of the Year 2016: Ellie Tetley, Hospice of the Valleys, Ebbw Vale, Ellie, aged seven years old, has volunteered at the hospice for the last three years and makes a range of items that are sold in its charity shop.
  • Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2016: Patrick Beasley, President of Hospiscare in Exeter and Chairman of Butterfly Children’s Hospices and also previously Chairman of Hospiscare for nine years and a former trustee at Hospice UK, is honoured with this award in recognition of his immense contribution to hospice care in Devon and also nationally and internationally.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Hospice Care 2016: St James’s Place Foundation, London. The Foundation is the largest funder of Hospice UK managed grant programmes and has generously funded a range of services to support and improve end of life care since 2002.

More information about all the award winners can be found on the Hospice UK website.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:

“This year we have seen some extraordinary examples of innovation that are testament to the dynamism and adaptability of the hospice movement, especially in developing creative solutions to extend hospice care to more people.

“Our awards also recognise some truly inspirational people who give their time so generously to support people approaching the end of life and their families. Their extraordinary commitment and willingness to go the extra mile embody the very best of hospice care.

“We are immensely grateful to the National Gardens Scheme for their longstanding support for our awards which enable us to honour all those who contribute in different ways to make hospice care so special.”

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

“The National Gardens Scheme has supported Hospice UK since 1996 and we are delighted to have the opportunity to emphasise our continued support through these awards. Well done to all of the award winners and those who have dedicated their time to support hospices.”

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.
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