Outstanding achievements recognised in Lincolnshire hospice awards ceremony

Bob Neilans awards Jack Covill-Lowndes with The Jules King Award

Staff, volunteers and close partners enjoyed an evening of celebration at the awards ceremony at St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre in Lincoln

The outstanding achievements of staff, volunteers and close partner organisations were recognised at an awards evening held by local independent charity St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice on Tuesday 8th September.

It was hosted by the organisations Chairman of Trustees, Bob Neilans and Director of Service Innovation and Integration, Jane Bake, at the charity’s Day Therapy Centre on Hawthorn Road in Lincoln.

There were more than 65 guests in attendance, including the Board of Trustees from St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, the winners, and their guests.

The awards evening was introduced last year after the Executive Board recognised the opportunity to celebrate and reward the excellence that was being demonstrated by staff, volunteers and partner organisations within the community.

Jane Bake said: “As an organisation we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality palliative and end of life care to people across Lincolnshire. We are only able to realise these ambitions because of the outstanding contributions made by our dedicated staff and volunteers, and those working closely with the organisation.

“The awards evening provided us with the perfect opportunity to recognise the many individuals who go the extra mile, whether it is in their volunteering role, commitment to community partnerships or pushing the boundaries to provide end of life care in hard to reach places.”

Nominations were received over the last 12 months from internal and external sources and winners were by the Executive Board.

Jane said: “With an amazing workforce consisting of over 1,300 staff and volunteers it was a difficult task to determine who the winners would be. We are lucky to have so many people who go above and beyond for the care of our patients.

“It was also important to us to acknowledge the support from the local business community and our colleagues in other care organisations who have worked alongside us to provide excellent end of life care.”

The highlight of the evening was The Jules King Award, won by twelve-year-old Jack Covill-Lowndes, who has raised in excess of £4,500 in memory of his mum. Jack’s own personal loss inspired him to fundraise for the hospice after his mother died of cancer when he was just three years old and the hospice cared for her in her final days.

The night ended with The Raising Awareness Award which was won by Alistair Berry, Rebecca Gleave and Laura Williams from the University of Lincoln. These students had donated their time and skills to produce short films for the hospice, including an insight into volunteering and the hospice Day Therapy services.

Award winners:

• The Innovation Award – Grantham Clinical Action Team

• The Outstanding Contribution Award – Pam Francis and Hefina Holden

• The Recognition Award – Chris Candlin and Peter Kembery

• The Team Award – Boston Hospice at Home team

• The Palliative Care Hero Award – Dr Glencross and team from South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Kevin Turner and team from United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust

• The Jules King Award – Jack Covill-Lowndes

• The Long Service Volunteer Awards – Shirley Finch (20 years), Rob Glover (20 years), Kay Dulcie (30 years), Winifred Lawson (20 years), Pauline Townend (30 years), Valerie Butler (30 years)

• The 30 Years Long Service award – Mandy Fryer and Shirley Vickers

• The Corporate Award – M & S Lincoln, Branston Ltd, Chestnut Homes, Ruddocks, MAD for St Giles

• The Raising Awareness Award – Alistair Berry, Rebecca Gleave and Laura Williams

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