St Clare in the running for three national charity awards

Published on: Thursday 20 Aug 2020 at 09:13

We have been shortlisted for THREE Charity Times Awards!

West Essex and East Herts charity, St Clare Hospice, has been shortlisted for three prestigious Charity Times awards, recognising the Hospice’s recent achievements and the strength of their partnerships.

St Clare Hospice has been shortlisted for awards in the following categories: Rising Leader of the Year – for St Clare’s Chief Executive, Sarah Thompson; Change Project of the Year – for the redevelopment of its bereavement services in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic; and a joint award with Weston Homes for Corporate Community Local Involvement.

The awards, which recognise, celebrate and promote best practice within the charity sector, will be announced on Thursday 3rd September at a virtual event organised by the Charity Times.

Sarah Thompson has been shortlisted for the Rising Leader award

Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive at St Clare, said: “I’m thrilled that our hard work across the Hospice has been recognised by being shortlisted for these three awards. I have no doubt that  the Hospice has been recognised for such prestigious awards due to the substantial work by all of my colleagues over the last few years, which has culminated in our rating by the Care Quality Commission improving from Good to Outstanding.

“All of the team at St Clare Hospice have been working so hard in the recent months, continuing to deliver expert, compassionate care – both at the Hospice and within the local community – amidst the pandemic, developing new services to support local people during these unprecedented times and ensuring the sustainability of the Hospice with emergency fundraising appeals. Being shortlisted for these awards seems to be a fitting reward, recognising the hard work of everyone in the Hospice, and the fantastic support from our community – it’s great to have some positive news to share!”

Sarah continued, “Throughout everything, the support of our local community has been amazing, and it has really kept us going in recent months. I’m so proud of the partnerships we have developed with local organisations and businesses so it brings me great pleasure to see one of our longest-running partnerships, with Weston Homes, being recognised in this way.”

Weston Homes Plc are long-standing charitable partners of St Clare Hospice, having supported the hospice for three decades. Since January 2019 they have donated an astonishing £185,000 to St Clare Hospice. However their support isn’t purely financial; the company has enabled St Clare Hospice to increase its reputation as a local charity to support amongst other local business, by helping to arrange large-scale events, and it also actively encourages its own staff to become fundraisers for St Clare Hospice by taking on challenges and events.

Weston Homes have been shortlisted for the Corporate Community Local Involvement award

The Hospice’s newly developed Bereavement Support services, which include seven bereavement cafes, four online community bereavement support groups and a new telephone support service, have recently been redeveloped, in consultation with local people, to better support people through bereavement and to help build community resilience around death, dying and loss. The new model of social support, where individuals in the community are able to come together to create new supportive networks with each other, is a marked change from clinically-based bereavement support which the Hospice was previously delivering. This is why the Hospice thought it would be suitable for entry into the ‘change project of the year’ award category.

Sushma Dhami, Patient and Family Support Services Manager, explains why the Hospice has reshaped its bereavement support services. “Launching a service like this, to reach all local, bereaved people who need support, was always within our team’s strategy for the near future. However, the pandemic has rightly reframed the development of this service into a more urgent timeframe.

Bereavement Support has been shortlisted for Change Project of the Year

“As the local hospice for West Essex and East Herts, our duty is always to respond to local need as quickly and effectively as we can – and this time, bereavement has taken one of the ‘front seats’ in our most immediate developments to our care and support services during this time. We believe that no one should have to face their grief alone.”


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