A terminally-ill woman who receives care from Treetops Hospice Care in Derbyshire has been presented with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to employment protection for terminally ill workers.
Jacci Woodcock, 62, was forced out of her job as an area sales manager four and half years ago after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
With the support of her Union and her local MP Pauline Latham, Jacci started the Dying to Work campaign, which has since seen hundreds of employers nationwide sign up to its voluntary charter to prevent cases like happening in the future.
The MBE was presented earlier this month by Mr William Tucker, CVO, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, at a special ceremony at the hospice.
Jacci’s family, friends and Treetops staff and volunteers attended the ceremony in the hospice’s Wellbeing Space. Jacci said:
“I am thrilled, appreciative and humbled to receive the unexpected MBE. It was so lovely to have had the support of my family and friends being with me for the investiture. I thank them for their precious time and effort as many travelled hundreds of miles to be there for me.
“I am very grateful that Treetops Hospice Care offered their venue and warm hospitality for this special occasion. The atmosphere was both relaxed and buoyant. A big thank you to all the staff who both helped and also gave their time in a friendly professional manner.
“I, along with the Unions and my MP, Pauline Latham, still have work to continue with the campaign. I will not stop until there has been a change in the present law that ensures terminally ill employees who wish to continue to work are protected.”
HM Lord-Lieutenant said:
“It was a real privilege for me to present Jacci with her MBE on behalf of The Queen.
“Jacci has shown great courage and fortitude in her efforts to ensure that no-one else has to put up with the appalling situation she faced with her past employers, and it is great that those efforts have been recognised in this way.”
Treetops Wellbeing Space manager, Alison Hembrow, gave her congratulations on behalf of the charity:
“It was an honour to host this prestigious event. We are aware of the importance of this campaign which is fully supported by us here at Treetops, as we see first-hand the impact of someone losing their job because they have been diagnosed with a terminal condition.
“It was a pleasure to be a part of this celebration, as part of our continuing support for Jacci.”
The Dying to Work Voluntary Charter launched in June 2015, and it now protects over one and a half million employees.
For more information visit Treetops Hospice Care