The Mary Stevens Hospice scoop national 3rd Sector Care Award

Categories: Care and Community Engagement.

The Mary Stevens Hospice won a prestigious national award for ‘Development and Innovation’ at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards on Friday 3rd March. The ‘No Barriers Here’ team won the award for their work in co-production with people and communities who experience inequity in palliative and end of life care.

This award recognises an individual, group or organisation finding new models of care or research that make a real difference to the lives of people using healthcare service.

The award was presented by journalist and newsreader Angela Rippon to Claire Towns, The Mary Stevens Hospice Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jed Jerwood, No Barriers Here Research Lead, collaborators Dudley Voices for Choice and members of the co-production team from several No Barriers Here projects which consist of research, community workshops and a national facilitator education programme.

Claire Towns, Matron & CEO at The Mary Stevens Hospice, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to win this award which recognises the ground-breaking work of No Barriers Here and The Mary Stevens Hospice. This programme is completely unique, and the hard work and dedication of the team has enabled a platform where No Barriers Here is nationally recognised as excellent practice towards ensuring palliative and end of life care is equitable for all.”

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards are organised by Care Management Matters and supported by The National Care Forum, The Care Provider Alliance, Learning Disability England, The Association of Mental Health Providers and VODG.


Mary Stevens Hospice is a charity offering high quality, specialist hospice care for adults living with life-shortening illnesses and dedicated support for their families and carers. Based in Stourbridge, we serve people who live in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, the Black Country and surrounding areas.

The hospice provides a safe, caring and compassionate environment where all staff are highly-skilled and have time to listen and advise. It is their role to create personalised holistic programmes of care, that encompass emotional and practical support, to help reduce symptoms of illness and side effects of treatment. Specialist services are provided at our recently refurbished In-Patient Unit and our Day Therapies Clinic. We also offer care at home where appropriate.

Mary Stevens Hospice care is provided free of charge to all adults who need our support. Our trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters from a compassionate community work together to raise the funds that pay for over 80% of our annual running costs.

Without their efforts we would not be able to deliver our badly needed services and ensure that:

  • The care that we provide is free
  • The care that we provide is for local people
  • The care that we provide relieves pain and suffering
  • The care that we provide for 4 out 5 of our patients is paid for by money we have raised




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