Monday, 15 February 2016

Peace Hospice Care volunteers John and Angela Steele have been recognised with a Points of Light award as the charity celebrated its 25th year with a reception at Downing Street.

The Steeles were presented with the award by Samantha Cameron, who also took the opportunity to congratulate the charity's chief executive, Declan Carroll, on Peace Hospice Care's achievements over its 25 years.

Angela and John began volunteering when they retired, becoming involved with Peace Hospice Care's Starlight Centre, which supports day hospice patients. John is a volunteer driver, transporting patients from their homes to the hospice, while Angela is involved in a project that helps patients use technology such as Skype to communicate with family and friends.

In a statement, the prime minister said: "John and Angela have given a huge amount of time and enthusiasm to brighten the lives of hundreds of seriously ill people and their families in Hertfordshire. They have shown tremendous care and compassion in everything they do for Peace Hospice Care.

"Their dedication to making a difference in their local community is remarkable and to those they have supported they are truly Points of Light."

As well as celebrating the anniversary, Carroll emphasised that the Hospice is now looking to the future, with demand for services and the cost of providing care both expected to rise.

"Peace Hospice Care has reached an important milestone, but we haven't done it alone," he said. "It was only built with the support of local people for local people and that is the only way it will continue."


Taken from eHospice news story