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Five nominations for hospice sector at this year’s Third Sector Awards

Author: Leila Hawkins
02 August 2017

The hospice sector is well represented at the Third Sector Awards this year with five nominations reaching the final shortlist.

The awards are one of the major annual celebrations in the UK for the charity and not-for-profit sector.

London’s Royal Trinity Hospice has been shortlisted for Communications Team of the Year.

 Despite having limited capacity and dealing with a taboo subject matter, the team of three have successfully secured national news coverage on mainstream broadcast channels, a feature in Boots’ Christmas campaign, a slot in the BBC’s Lifeline appeal and played a key role in a top selling Christmas charity single.

Megan Veronesi, Head of Service Development and Communications at Trinity, said:

“We are delighted and extremely honoured to be nominated for this national award. We are so grateful to all the amazing families and colleagues who trusted us to share their stories to raise awareness of the vital work of Trinity and hospices across the country.”

Naomi House & Jacksplace has also been shortlisted in the Communications Team category. Sitting within the hospice’s fundraising team, but with no dedicated marketing budget, the team of three  work across the charity to raise awareness of the services available to families, and demonstrate the impact of the hospice to potential supporters.  

Keith Wilson, Marketing Manager at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. We may only be a small team but it is important we punch above our weight to ensure more families who need support know about our service, and increasing numbers of people understand the outstanding work that takes place here.”

“Our doctors, nurses, carers, play specialists and family support workers are nothing short of fantastic, so it is really thanks to them that we have such powerful content and inspirational stories to share. It is great to be recognised alongside such well known national charities and high-achieving regional counterparts.”

North Devon Hospice are finalists for Best Annual Review for “Meet Bob” a story about a fictional character who is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The story follows how Bob and his family are cared for by hospice services right through their journey, including after Bob dies and his family are supported throughout their bereavement.

Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of the Hospice, said it was designed as a way of explaining just how much support the hospice can offer, in an accessible and easy-to-understand way:

 “One of the biggest challenges facing North Devon Hospice is communicating just how much care and support we give to local patients and families. We really are there every step of the way, from diagnosis right the way through to bereavement, and our care extends to the whole family including children.”

“Not everyone in North Devon knows this and we wanted to create an annual report that was different and that made people understand the impact of our care on local people. We are very proud of “Meet Bob” and it is no surprise to me that this bit of work is being recognised on a national level.”

Local Hospice Lottery are up for the Enterprise Award, raising £120,000 for sixteen hospices every week. It is now the UK’s largest and fastest growing hospice lottery and has raised over £6 million for hospice care in the last two years alone.

Hospice Quality Partnership (HQP) have been shortlisted for the Charity Partnership Award. HQP was established to address inequalities in access to care and financial pressures, by  collaborating with businesses and creating projects to drive new revenue streams. They currently work with 70 hospices.

The awards ceremony will take place on 21 September.

For more information visit Third Sector Awards

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