Dorothy House Hospice Care are delighted to announce that our Young People’s Ambassador, Jess Sheridan, has won the Young Volunteer of the Year category at the Hospice UK Awards, 2023. Jess has also won the B&NES Young Volunteer of the Year in the B&NES Community Awards.
Jess’s amazing work for Dorothy House was recognised at the Hospice UK national volunteering awards ceremony at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool on 7 November and was swiftly followed by the B&NES award presentation in the Georgian Room, Guildhall in Bath on Wednesday 8 November.
Jess’s work for Dorothy House
After her mum’s death when she was just 19, Jess worked with Dorothy House’s Family Support Team to navigate her own bereavement journey.
She now volunteers her time to support Dorothy House in a variety of crucial ways, including as our Young People’s Ambassador. Jess has also been involved in the recently re-launched Dragonfly Project; an annual community education scheme that reduces anxiety and opens up conversations about death and grief.
Last year, Jess participated as a facilitator at a pastoral training course hosted by Dorothy House at Monkton Combe School and attended by teachers and nursing staff from many schools in the local area.
“By generously sharing her personal experience of losing her mum as a teenager, Jess has offered advice to other bereaved young people, acting as a role model and helping them to connect and support each other. I am personally thrilled and moved to recognise your achievement Jess, as I was also supported by Dorothy House as a teenager, following the death of my father in 1985. I am in awe that you have become a Young Ambassador. Thank you, Jess, for you dedication and hard work.”
Toby Porter, CEO of Hospice UK.
“We are delighted that Jess’s local work has been recognised by such a prestigious national award. We hope that the ripple effects of Jess’s work will spread far and wide so that young mourners are more visible within our society and that educational institutions are better prepared to support their needs.”
Wayne de Leeuw, CEO of Dorothy House Hospice Care.
More about Jess’s Ambassador Role: Our Ambassadors – Dorothy House
Hospice UK Article: Volunteer of the Year Award | Hospice UK
Dorothy House Hospice Care provides exceptional free palliative and end of life care to a population of over 550,000 people in Bath & North East Somerset, and parts of Somerset and Wiltshire.
We provide medical services, family support and personalised hospice at home care for around half of the people in our community who are approaching death. We are funded partly by the NHS, but predominantly by donations, our 25 shops, and fundraising efforts. For every £1 from the government, we have to work hard to raise another £4 to make sure that we can meet the growing need for our services.
To support us with our many fundraising efforts, please visit us online at dorothyhouse.org.uk or call us on 01225 721 480.