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Hospice Awards Recognise Innovation And Inspiration

Innovative hospice projects and inspiring individuals have been recognised at the Help the Hospices Awards 2013 supported by The National Gardens Scheme

An innovative project to capture patient feedback using handheld devices was among the hospice winners that triumphed at the third annual Help the Hospices Awards supported by The National Gardens Scheme.

The Help the Hospices Awards 2013 recognise stand-out projects that demonstrate innovation in hospices, as well as honouring dedicated hospice volunteers and staff. Hospices entered for three categories: Innovation in Income Generation, Innovation in Volunteering and Innovation in Clinical Practice. There were two special presentations for Lifetime Achievement and Volunteer of the Year.

Nightingale House Hospice scooped the Innovation in Income Generation Award for its unusual social enterprise project based on the sale of eco-friendly cardboard animal bedding.

Willow Wood Hospice’s ground-breaking project “Hospice at the heart of care for people with dementia with palliative care needs” won the Innovation in Clinical Practice Award.  The project offers an invaluable outreach service to support individuals with dementia.

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice won the Innovation in Volunteering Award for its Real Time Reporting Project, the aim of which is to capture up-to-date, timely and reliable data from patients and their carers, about their experience of care using handheld devices.

Dr Ros Scott, former Director of Organisational Development from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland received the Lifetime Achievement Award for being the leading voice on volunteering across adult and children’s services.

Eunice Williams, Volunteer from St Richard’s Hospice was awarded Volunteer of the Year for an extraordinary 29 years of dedicated service at the hospice.

The awards were presented by David Praill, Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, Lord Howard of Lympne, Chairman of Help the Hospices and George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme at the Help the Hospices 2013 conference held in Bournemouth this week.

The National Gardens Scheme has supported the Help the Hospices Awards since 2011. They are the largest funder of Help the Hospices work with donations this year alone reaching £400,000 totalling an incredible £2.6 million to hospice care since 1996.

David Praill, Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, the UK charity for hospice care, said:

“The Help the Hospices Awards supported by the National Gardens Scheme celebrate the remarkable achievements of some inspirational hospices and individuals.

“This year we have seen strong evidence of some truly imaginative and unusual ideas for projects. Innovation is deeply embedded in the history of hospices and is something at which they excel. Hospices are operating in a challenging environment on many fronts and it’s wonderful to see how they continue to come up with creative ideas and strive for excellence.”

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, said:

“The National Gardens Scheme is one of the largest charitable funders of nursing and caring in the UK. Currently we donate in the region of £2.5m annually. Our support for hospice care through annual donations to Help the Hospices is a major part of this policy alongside donations to our other beneficiaries. We have a long-established tradition of supporting front-line services in our beneficiaries so we are delighted that part of our funding makes possible the annual awards that Help the Hospices gives to recognise excellence and devotion throughout the hospice movement.”

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