Cookies on the ehospice website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the ehospice website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Queen’s Birthday Honours announced

Author: Leila Hawkins
20 June 2017

The 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been announced, with many notable awards going to individuals in the hospice and palliative care sectors. Those who have received honours include:

Professor David Clark

Professor David Clark has been awarded an OBE for his services to education and research into palliative care.

One of Hospice UK’s Vice Presidents, Clark is a professor of medical sociology at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries, and he leads the university’s Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, a research initiative.  He’s also the author of “To Comfort Always: A history of palliative care since the nineteenth century.”

Speaking to Dumfries and Galloway publication DnG24 about receiving the OBE, he said:

“I was quite amazed when I received a letter from the Cabinet Office and that was inside.
I was standing at the top of the track to our house, where our post box is, and was halfway through opening the letter when my wife came out with the phone. She was so shocked by my face she thought I had just opened a very big bill from the plumber!”

Kathleen Hartshorne

Kathleen Hartshorne is to become an MBE for her services to the community. Aged 90, she is also one of the oldest recipients of the title.  

She has volunteered at Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury since 1989, assisting patients in the day unit. She also plays piano at the hospice’s events.

Hartshorne began volunteering at the hospice after losing her first husband, however her community work began at the age of 12, when she became a member of the Pontesbury Congregational Church, going on to run the Sunday school and helping out with pastoral support.

Professor Leo Martin

Professor Leo Martin has received the MBE for services to healthcare and education.

He has been on the board of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank for 20 years, and chairman since 2005. Professor Martin is a lawyer by profession and teaches Scottish law at the University of Strathclyde.

Speaking to Clydebank Post, he said:

“It has been a huge privilege to serve on the board of the hospice. This honour recognises the dedication and hard work of the staff who provide the highest standard of care for terminally ill patients and their families every day. We should also remember the fundraisers who work tirelessly every week to bring in the money that is vital to keep the doors of the hospice open.”

Loraine Midda

Loraine Midda  has been awarded the MBE for parliamentary and voluntary services.

She is the Digital Service Head of Member Services for the House of Lords, and is a longstanding supporter of Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, east London.

Last summer she abseiled from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise money for the hospice. As well as regularly fundraising she has also encouraged her colleagues in Parliament to support the charity when they attend the mindfulness classes she holds as part of her involvement in activities like coaching and mentoring.

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said:

“We are delighted that Loraine has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with an MBE. Loraine has been a strong and active supporter of our hospice for many years and her generous fundraising has helped us care for more life-limited children and their families.” 

Other honorees

  • Dr John Richards, secretary of Kilbryde Hospice in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, has been awarded the MBE for services to palliative care.
  • Alan Corry-Finn has received an MBE for services to nursing. He is Vice President of Trustees of the Northern Ireland Hospice, and Director of Nursing for Primary Care and Older People for the Western Health and Social Care Trust
  • Mohinder Singh Sangha, president of Leicester's biggest Sikh temple has received the BEM for services to the community in Leicester. As well as managing the temple and championing the development of a local community centre with a gym, education and social facilities, he volunteers as an Asian community liaison officer and fundraiser for LOROS Hospice.
  • Pop musician Ed Sheeran has been made an MBE  for his services to music and charity. Sheeran has staged charity gigs and has donated clothes to charity shops to raise thousands for St Elizabeth Hospice in Suffolk and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Commenting on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:

"We are delighted that Professor David Clark, a Hospice UK Vice President, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours - a fitting tribute to his distinguished academic career working to improve end of life care in the UK and globally."

“It is also wonderful to see the achievements of so many other dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to support hospice and end of life care, including fundraisers, clinicians and volunteers, celebrated in these honours."

 “We offer our congratulations to everyone, each honour is richly deserved.”

Share article

Article tags

See more articles in People and places

Comments | 0 comments

There are currently no comments. To be the first to make a comment...

Add comment

Denotes required field

Your Name



Top Jobs

Recommended Events