Local hospice recognised in national care awards

Local hospice recognised in national care awards
(L-R) Sarah Hodge, Wellbeing Centre Manager, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, and Chair of the National Garden Scheme, Martin McMillan OBE (credit: Jonathan Goldberg)

A North Lincolnshire hospice has been recognised in a national awards ceremony highlighting innovation in hospice and end of life care in local communities.

Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe was awarded the ‘Innovation in Care Award’ at the ninth annual Hospice UK Awards.

The award was in recognition of the hospice’s work in supporting people with life limiting conditions and their families to enjoy the many benefits of gardening, thanks to grant funding its first polytunnel.

“There are around 200 hospices in the UK, so to be selected as one of only eight winners – and the only one in the Yorkshire and Humber region – is a great achievement for our team,” said Chief Executive Karen Griffiths.

“As the need for hospice services and our associated running costs increase, we, like many charity-run hospices in 2019, have faced a hugely challenging year financially.

“This award acknowledges that despite these challenges, our passion for innovation continues to shine through and demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible care for our patients and their families.”

Commenting on the reason for choosing the Lindsey Lodge project for the award, judges said: “This was work that was started with people with lived experience and is not staff-led or meeting a service development need or shortfall – so in our eyes a true innovation.

“It focusses on wellbeing. It is not an expensive innovation and was relevant to all people accessing hospice and end of life care and their families.”