Hospice volunteers win awards for their dedication

Categories: People & Places.
Declan Carroll and Elizabeth Timmons

Volunteers from Wakefield Hospice and Peace Hospice Care in Watford have been recognised for their years of service.

Elaine King, Volunteer Services Manager at Wakefield Hospice, is regional winner of the “Our Health Heroes” Operational Services Support award, and the only hospice representative at the awards. Regional winners were put forward to a public vote for the overall winner to be announced at the annual ceremony held in London at the weekend.

Elaine said:

“Attending the “Our Health Heroes” Awards 2018 at the OXO2 Tower in London was a thrill and an honour. My award was in the category of Operational Services Support and I was one of eight regional winners from across the UK. I felt especially proud as I was representing the only hospice across all categories.

“Receiving the award from Laura Roberts from Health Education England and actress Sunetra Sarker was the highlight of a lovely afternoon which included afternoon tea and champagne. I was very grateful to be nominated and hope that everyone who is involved with volunteers at Wakefield Hospice feels they can share in this recognition.”

Elizabeth Timmons, who has volunteered for Peace Hospice Care in Watford for more than 25 years, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the charity’s Volunteers’ Awards Event.  More than a hundred people attended the event which was hosted by the charity to celebrate the achievements of its volunteers and to thank them for their support.

Speaking about the award, Elizabeth said:

“It really is an honour to receive this award.  Peace Hospice Care is very special to me – the patients, their families, volunteers and staff have all been wonderful and I am pleased to support this caring worthwhile charity in any way I can.”

Elizabeth is a regular volunteer for Peace Hospice Care and helps out in the Inpatient Unit serving meals to patients.  She also helped to set up the Irish & Holyrood Hospice Support Group which has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice though events such as coffee mornings and dances.

After working as a midwife at Watford General Hospital for a number of years, she now delivers talks to hospice outpatients about her experiences. Her dedication to Peace Hospice Care started at the beginning – where one of her first tasks was to raise funds to set up and maintain the hospice.

Declan Carroll, CEO of Peace Hospice Care, said:

“Elizabeth has been a loyal volunteer over so many years and I cannot thank her enough for her support.  We have more than 400 volunteers who help us in so many ways including serving meals to patients, tending our gardens and helping us maintain the hospice building as well as helping at fundraising events, volunteering in our charity shops and visiting and transporting patients.

“We really could not do what we do without them.  My heartfelt thanks to the winners and all of our volunteers for giving their time so generously in support of our cause.”