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Staff and volunteers recognised at long service awards ceremony

Staff and volunteers were recognised for their long service to St Teresa’s at a special awards ceremony held at the Hospice on Thursday 8th June.

The annual event acknowledges the support and dedication of those who have served the Hospice for 10 years or more.

Special certificates and badges were presented to eight members of staff and volunteers:

10 years

Deborah Robinson, Family Support Team Manager
Mary Dixon, Health Care Assistant
Patricia Black, Cockerton Shop Volunteer
Sonia Dawson, Cockerton Shop Volunteer
Pamela Petty, Shildon Shop Volunteer 

20 years

Pat Skipsey, Catering & Fundraising Volunteer   

25 years

Wendy Day, Skinnergate (No. 8) Shop Volunteer

A brand new award was created especially for this year’s event, acknowledging the 30 years served by John Skipsey. John still gives up his time as a volunteer driver and fundraiser, having been one of the founding Hospice volunteers.

Chief Executive of St Teresa’s Hospice Jane Bradshaw praised John and his commitment to the cause: “When I first came to the Hospice John had just retired as a Hospice Trustee, having been involved from the very first meeting in 1986. I have never been in any doubt about John’s motivation – which is to help patients first and foremost and to help our cause. I can also say that he has never held back from giving me help and guidance – all of which I have listened to and acted upon in some way shape or form – thank you John.”

Long-standing Trustee Jean Robson was given special recognition for her service to the Hospice. Presenting the award, Jane said: “We have benefitted from Jean Robson’s level-headed and intelligent contribution for the whole time the Hospice has existed – she is a truly loyal supporter and has had outstanding service as a Trustee.

More than 21 years ago, in April 1996, Jean was the very first person I met when I walked in the door for my interview as the Hospice’s first paid fundraiser. I have had many mentors in my time at the Hospice – this is the privilege of working with so many experienced professional people who also happen to volunteer for us, giving us that precious gift of their time and their expertise. Jean is one such mentor and I will really miss her as she steps down from her work as a Trustee after outstanding service.”

Volunteers play a vital role in all areas of the hospice. If you feel you can give some of your time to help please contact us on 01325 254321.