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Exceptional care and innovation recognised at Hospice UK awards

26 November 2014
  • 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.

Exceptional staff and supporters from the hospice sector have been recognised for their achievements at Hospice UK’s 2014 Awards, supported by The National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

A roof-raising music competition offering local bands in Leeds a chance to perform in front of thousands of festival-goers and a 91-year-old pioneering doctor who transformed care for the dying in east Lancashire, were among the winners awarded at last night’s ceremony.

The event, now in its fourth year, aims to recognise the significant contribution that both individuals and innovative programmes have made to hospice care in local communities across the UK.

The awards cover a diverse range of areas from clinical care to gardening, and 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 the charity 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.

Lifetime achievement 

One man to receive a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was 91-year-old Dr Merton Seigleman OBE.

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.

We caught up with Dr Siegleman at the event and you can read the interview on ehospice shortly.

Demonstrating the diversity of these awards, Martin House Children’s Hospice scooped the prize for Innovation in Income Generation for its Centre Stage Music Competition.

Centre Stage offers great publicity for local bands and has helped Martin House to engage with younger supporters.

Since it began, Centre Stage has hosted 150 acts, exposing the hospice to a collective crowd of over 8,000 people, with 60 bands performing at the O2 Academy in Leeds and five performing at Leeds and Reading Festivals.

So far, Centre Stage Music has raised £180,000.

'Incredible individuals and teams'

Praising the award winners, David Praill, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “We had so many nominations and such a high calibre of individuals and schemes being entered that the Hospice UK Awards judging panel was spoilt for choice.

“These awards confirm what a lot of us already know, that the UK is extremely privileged to have such incredible individuals and teams driving hospice care forward year after year. We really are grateful that through the support of The National Gardens Scheme we can shine a light on these fantastic achievements.”

“The National Gardens Scheme is delighted to participate once again in the Hospice UK Awards as part of our annual support, which this year saw a grant of £450,000,” added George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme.

"The awards recognise outstanding achievements by a variety of people and play a crucial role in highlighting the wonderful, dedicated work that goes on in hospices up and down the country. We are proud to be involved and look forward to continue raising awareness of our two charities and the work we do together.”

The award winners

The full list of winners is as follows:

Innovation in Care: 
St Christopher’s Bromley Care Coordination - St Christopher’s Hospice, London 

Innovation in Income Generation:
Centre Stage Music Competition - Martin House Children’s Hospice, Boston Spa

Innovation in Volunteering: 
Hospice Neighbours - St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmunds

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Medical: 
Dr Martin Leiper - Roxburghe House, Dundee

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Gardener: 
Denis Hainsworth - St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Nursing: 
Jan Little - St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Chief Executive: 
Carol Stone - EllenorLions Hospices, Gravesend

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Fundraising: 
Janet Morley - St Leonard’s Hospice, York

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Volunteer: 
Helen Bacon - St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield

Anne Norfolk Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Founder: 
Dr Merton Seigleman OBE - East Lancashire Hospice, Blackburn

Volunteer of the Year 2014: 
Alf Wilson - Saint Francis Hospice, Romford

Volunteer of the Year 2014: 
Kay Lewis - Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted

Visit the Hospice UK website to find out more about the individual winners and look out for continued coverage from the Hospice UK conference on ehospice and keep up with all the latest commentary and reaction from the event by following #hospiceconf on Twitter.

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