Friday, 21 November 2014

Applause, praise and recognition was given to more than 250 volunteers at a celebration evening that paid tribute to their valuable commitment and contribution to Peace Hospice Care.

The huge gathering at the Langley Banqueting Suite in Watford was a night that recognized the work of every Hospice volunteer and  was an opportunity to enjoy food, share joy and  cheer on colleagues who had been nominated for an award.


Peace Hospice Care  Chief Executive, Sue Plummer thanked the volunteers who collectively gave 180,000 hours of unpaid work last year, saving the Hospice £2,000,000 annually.


'Our volunteers are a significant part of the Hospice. This night is for them, their work and support. There are so many roles undertaken by our volunteers and every one of them is important to us.'


Awards on the night included a Special Recognition category that was given to Liz Shrives who has been working for 17 years at the Watford 1 shop and to Ivy Pratt , aged 81 who has been volunteering for eight years.  


The Complementary Therapy Team also were given the Special Recognition award for contributing 1000 treatments per year to Hospice and Starlight Centre patients.


Community Volunteer of the Year was given to Eric Rust who provides continuous and supporting care to patients in the Inpatient Unit, the Bereavement Team and Hospice at Home team.


The Young People's Award was given to Watford Girls Grammar Year 10 (2013/14) for raising £8,000 for the Hospice through a series of events.


The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Stan Hewitt who has been an active volunteer for more than ten years working both in fundraising and finance and also  to David Williams who has been volunteering for 14 years working in the Bereavement Counsellor, visitor and Supervisor for Bereavement visitors and Stars Facilitator.


The Unsung Hero Award was given to Simon Lofty who has been active at the Hospice for ten years recording press cuttings and for his preparation of the Hospice Herald , monthly newsletter.


"We could not do without our volunteers,' added Sue.  'This night is for them. All of them.'