Barbara Gelb honoured with OBE for her dedication to palliative care for children

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Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives in the UK and immediate past chair of the ICPCN Board of Trustees, was among a number of people recognised for their dedication to hospice and palliative care in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in the UK.

Barbara Gelb has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours list, in recognition of her services to improving palliative care services for children.

Barbara said: “I am deeply honoured and thrilled to receive this award. I am privileged to work with a highly committed and talented team of staff and trustees at Together for Short Lives and the award would simply not have happened without them.  

The award also marks the extraordinary courage of the children, young people and families themselves, and importantly recognises the tremendous work of all those involved in children’s palliative care, right across the UK.”

Responding to this excellent news, Joan Marston, ICPCN’s CEO said, “This award is a very well deserved recognition of Barbara’s inspiring leadership of both Together for Short Lives and the ICPCN. We congratulate Barbara on receiving this award and thank her for her selfless dedication to improving the lives of children with palliative care needs and their families.”

Terry Moran, Chair of Trustees of Together for Short Lives, added: “I am delighted that Barbara has received this award. She has strived tirelessly throughout her career to improve the lives of children and families. She is a powerful and passionate advocate for children with life-limiting conditions and their families and for the professionals and organisations, including children’s hospices that serve them.”

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