Hospice UK Awards 2014

The Hospice UK Awards supported by The National Gardens Scheme, 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.

Winners of Hospice UK's 2014 Awards supported by The National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Pictured with Hospice UK Chair, Lord Howard, and NGS Vice Chair Heather Skinner.

The awards cover a diverse range of areas from clinical care to gardening

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 Hospice UK 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.

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

Innovation in Care

St Christopher’s Bromley Care Coordination

St Christopher’s Hospice

An impressive scheme to coordinate care for local people who are deemed to be in the last year of their lives, and to support their families and carers. It enables people to face the end of life with dignity in a place of their choice and helps reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. The scheme focuses on people with advanced illness or frailty, providing timely and expert care for anyone who is approaching the end of life, regardless of whether they would have traditionally been eligible for hospice care.

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.

Innovation in Volunteering

Hospice Neighbours

St Nicholas Hospice Care

Drawing inspiration from services in Kerala, India, Hospice Neighbours uses local volunteers to provide companionship, respite for carers, and support with many day to day practicalities. As a result, the scheme helps to reduce hospital admissions and improve quality of life for people with life-limiting conditions.

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Medical

Dr Martin Leiper

Roxburghe House, Dundee

Dr Leiper has been a key leader in specialist palliative care services across NHS Tayside and supported the development and education of colleagues in Albania, Russia, Romania and South Africa. Following his retirement, Dr Leiper continues to support patients, carers, colleagues and volunteers as a Locum Consultant within NHS Tayside.

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Gardener

Denis Hainsworth

St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds

The gardens at St Gemma's are one of very few to have received so many Leeds and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Awards over the last ten years - St Gemma's put this down to Denis. Not only has Denis created wonderful outdoor and greenhouse spaces for St Gemma's, but their therapeutic value and how visitors and patients with differing levels of mobility can access them, is never far from his mind.

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Nursing

Jan Little

St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol

St Peter’s Hospice had been in existence for just a year when Jan joined as one of the hospice’s first community sisters. Moving to inpatient care and taking on a ward manager role, Jan has been an inspiration to numerous student nurses and trainee GPs who have worked at St Peter’s Hospice. Her commitment to people – patients, their families, hospice staff and volunteers – has shone out throughout her career.

She retired this year after 35 years at the hospice.

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Chief Executive

Carol Stone

EllenorLions Hospices, Gravesend

Recently retired after 26 years’ leadership of EllenorLions Hospices, Carol originally joined as a senior nurse specialist in 1988, leading homecare nurses and establishing a palliative care team at a local hospital. Carol went on to launch home respite care and the Children & Young People’s Service (chYps). Carol continues to support EllenorLions Hospices as a Patron.

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Fundraising

Janet Morley

St Leonard’s Hospice, York

Janet retires from St Leonard's in 2015 but it is clear that she will leave behind a wonderful legacy. Her commitment to the hospice and the expertise that she has offered many other fundraisers as a co-founder of the National Association of Hospice Fundraisers means that she has made a real difference to hospice care in her community and beyond.

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.

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Volunteer

Helen Bacon

St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield

With nearly 43 years as a volunteer at St Luke's, Helen's contribution to the hospice is hard to measure. From physiotherapy to supporting the Teddy Bear Scheme for children who are facing the loss of a loved one, Helen has "given an amazing gift to the people of Sheffield".

Volunteer of the Year 2014

Alf Wilson

Saint Francis Hospice, Romford

Since Alf's wife, Doris, encouraged him to volunteer as a driver at Saint Francis he has become instrumental in making sure that the local community can access the hospice's support. Always eager to help and with a caring nature, Alf has clocked up some 100,000 miles for the hospice over the last 20 years.

Volunteer of the Year 2014

Kay Lewis

Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted

Kay has been a volunteer at the Hospice of St Francis for 21 years. During this time she has undertaken a range of roles including that of hospice ambassador which sees her talking to local community groups about the work of the hospice. Kay is the supervisor for the hospice’s telephone support line for bereaved family members, carers and friends. She also helps coordinate a group for bereaved carers and a biannual cookery programme which encourages bereaved attendees to learn new skills and build their confidence in creating healthy meals.

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