A number of people working in hospice and end of life care have been named in the New Year Honours list.
Dr Barbara Gale, CEO of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Suffolk, was award a MBE for services to hospice care and the community in Suffolk. Dr Gale told the BBC that “I couldn’t have received this without having such an amazing team.” St Nicholas has been behind the Hospice Neighbours Scheme, which encourages local people to get involved in supporting people receiving hospice care.
Elizabeth Purcell, CEO of Lewis Manning Hospice, was award an MBE for services to palliative care in Dorset, and Dr Nigel Sykes, lately Medical Director of St Christopher’s Hospice in London, was awarded an MBE for services to palliative care.
In Northern Ireland, Ina Henry was awarded an MBE for services to the Northern Ireland Hospice and Children’s Hospice. Imelda McGucken, Director of the Charis Cancer Centre, was awarded an MBE for services to nursing and palliative care in Northern Ireland. She said “I would like to pay tribute to Mr Jim Henry, the Trustees, and my amazing team of staff, volunteers and clients (past and present) whom I have had the privilege of working with. I have no doubt I would not have achieved this recognition without the support and involvement of them all.”
Elizabeth Doherty, a Trustee of the Castlederg Patient Comfort and Terminally Ill Fund, was award the British Empire Medal for services to palliative and terminal care in Castlederg and West Tyrone.
Beyond end of life care, Helen Wathall from G Wathall and Son Funeral Directors was awarded an MBE for services to business and the community in Derbyshire. And funeral director Tony Rowland was awarded an MBE for services to undertaking and the community in Surrey.
Congratulations to them all.
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