Hospice UK Awards 2016

The Hospice UK Awards supported by The National Gardens Scheme, now in their sixth year, aim to recognise the significant contribution that both individuals and innovative programmes have made to hospice care in local communities across the UK.

Hospice UK Awards winners 2016

We wish all of this year's winners many congratulations.

Innovation in Care

St Luke's Hospice, Basildon

Currently, people with advanced liver disease (ALD) have limited access to palliative care, so St Luke's Hospice teamed up Basildon Hospital in this unique innovative project to tackle this.

Together they developed an easily accessible shared care pathway for people with ALD at all stages of their condition, and including those identified as potential transplant candidates.Twenty-nine patients have been registered on the project to date, many with complex and previously unmet needs.

Early indications show improvements in patients’ symptoms and overall quality of life. With the support of the hospice, three patients have improved enough for them to be recommended for transplant and the project has also significantly helped reduce hospital admissions and GP visits.

Innovation in Income Generation

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

St Catherine’s Hospice opened up its grounds to the public after developing its 11-acre site, along with nearby council land, which led to the creation of St Catherine’s Park – 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, children playing and local people walking their dogs or attending remembrance events.

In its first year the park has proved a valuable source of income for the hospice, generating £50,000 in profits through its social enterprise café and community hub The Mill and £40,000 through on-site fundraising events. It is expected to attract 80,000 new visitors to the area.

Innovation in Volunteering

Princess Alice Hospice, Esher: Ward Support Volunteers

Inspired by a visit to Willen Hospice, Princess Alice Hospice in Esher developed an innovative six-month volunteering programme aimed at 17-year olds supporting staff in their in-patient unit.

The Ward Support Volunteer programme offers young people a bespoke training package including face-to-face and online learning, whilst volunteering in the hospice  Volunteers work directly with patients, alongside staff members on the ward, helping provide a range of services including personal care and hand massages and they also have the opportunity to gain the Care Certificate qualification. 

Initially, staff had some concerns about exposing young people to hospice care, but by working together, and involving all levels of clinical staff, these were overcome and the project proved to be a valuable experience for the young people involved. Nearly 90 per cent of the first intake for the project felt that they were more compassionate and had a far better understanding of death and dying as a result of their volunteering experience.

Individual Categories

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Patrick Beasley- Hospiscare, Exeter

Patrick Beasley, President of Hospiscare in Exeter and Chairman of Butterfly Children’s Hospices and who was formerly Chairman of Hospiscare for nine years, receives this award in recognition of his outstanding service to the hospice movement in Devon and also nationally and internationally.

Patrick joined Hospiscare in 2007 following a distinguished career as medical director in an acute trust and in the independent sector. Under his leadership Hospiscare reached out to more people across the region and developed new services including opening two new day centres, introducing innovative volunteer roles such as care navigators and piloting hospice at home services

Patrick has chaired Butterfly Children’s Hospices since 2009 which provides palliative care to babies and children at two hospices in China. He was also a trustee of Hospice UK from 2012 to 2016.  Renowned for his strong leadership, warm and generous personality and indefatigable energy, he has long championed volunteering and has been instrumental in fostering collaboration between hospices throughout the south west region. 

Volunteer of the Year 2016

Carl Roche: St Christopher’s Hospice, London

Carl has volunteered at St Christopher’s Hospice in south London for 33 years. He started out by looking after patients and families and during his time at the hospice has worked across different team, including the Care Home Project Team in 2009 and Fundraising.

A banker by background he is known as someone who makes every minute count, who is reliable and has a great sense of humour. A well-respected and highly valued member of the St Christopher’s team he has never missed a volunteering shift.

Staff comment on how he flies the St Christopher’s flag on every occasion. He always wears the hospice-branded fleece and attends local hospice events in his spare time. He also ensures staff are kept up-to-date about what is happening in the local community, regularly sharing news on local activities and newspaper articles.

Volunteer of the Year 2016 - Special Commendation

Jamie Ward: St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston

Jamie volunteers in The Mill café, a social enterprise project located in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice which is open to the public. He has given his time there for the last two years and his responsibilities include taking food and drink orders, serving customers, and operating the tills. 

Jamie, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has spoken about how this affected his confidence in the past. However, through his dedication and willingness he has made an incredible effort to overcome this challenge during his time at St Catherine’s and staff comment on how his confidence really shines through now.

It t is clear that he thoroughly enjoys his role and is keen to develop his social and practical skills further. He has become an integral part of The Mill’s team and now has a paid role one day a week now in the café, alongside his volunteer time.

Young Volunteer of the Year 2016

Ellie Tetley: Hospice of the Valleys, Ebbw Vale

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

She has become 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. He died from cancer just before Christmas 2013 and with the hospice’s help, he was able to die at home as he wished, instead of in hospital. The 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. So far they have both raised more than £1,500 since they started fundraising and the family has also taken part in hospice events such as the annual Canal Walk.

Volunteer Gardener of the Year 2016

Ron Willett – Keech Hospice Care

Ron Willet, Volunteer Head Gardener at Keech Hospice Care, in Luton has generously given his time and provided exceptional service for 16 years. Whether watering the hospice’s beautiful hanging baskets, mowing the grass or clearing the leaves, Ron works hard to keep the stunning hospice gardens in tip-top condition, whatever the season.No job asked of him is too big and he greets everyone with a smile

Aged 84, he shows no signs of slowing down and turns up for duty at the hospice come rain or shine from 7am every morning, five to six days every week, often arriving before the staff. Ron became a volunteer at Keech Hospice Care following the death of his wife at the hospice in July 2000.

Ron often goes well beyond the call of duty. This summer  he agreed to write a letter to 3,000 supporters of Keech to accompany the charity’s magazine, Keech Matters. It led to their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge personally requesting to meet with Ron during their visit to the hospice in August 2016, as they were so impressed by his services to the charity.

Outstanding Contribution to Hospice Care 2016

St. James’s Place Foundation

This award is given to an organisation that has shown significant generosity and commitment over a number of years. The partnership between St. James’s Place Foundation and Hospice UK first began in 2002 and the foundation is now our largest grant- making supporter. 

Its grant programmes have helped supported a range of services including: hospice at home care, rehabilitative palliative care schemes, volunteering programmes and support for people with dementia approaching the end of life.

We are immensely grateful for all the funds raised by St. James’s Place partners in support of hospice care during the years of our successful partnership.  We are very proud to count the foundation as one of our longest-standing and most valued partners and their support has made an incredible difference to our work.

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