Willow Wood Hospice receive royal recognition with Queen’s award
Thursday 2nd June 2016 @ 13:13 by Adam Higgins

Willow Wood Hospice volunteers are celebrating after scooping royal honours.

The volunteers at the hospice have been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016.

The award is the equivalent in status for voluntary groups as an MBE is for individuals and is the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Hospice chairman Pat McCloskey said: “Everyone at the hospice is absolutely delighted to hear the news that our volunteers have been recognised in this way.

“For our volunteers to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a huge honour that reflects the significant contribution made by all of our volunteers.

“Our volunteers are a vital and essential link in the chain of care we provide at Willow Wood and without their unwavering support we simply would not be able to care for the thousands of local patients and their families who need our support.

“The generosity and commitment of our volunteers continues to astound me and they are truly remarkable people.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, senior management team and our staff I would like to say congratulations and thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for all they do to make the hospice such a special place.”

Chief executive Karen Houlston added: “We are extremely proud of this recognition and enormously proud of our volunteers and are delighted they have been honoured with this award.

“Willow Wood would be unable to operate without the dedication and support of all its volunteers, who selflessly give their time in a number of roles.

“There isn’t a department throughout the organisation which would function as efficiently as they do without the support of these special people and this award reflects their vital role within the hospice team.”

Karen added: “Since we first opened our doors in 1999 so many people have given their time to enable us to provide our vital services within the local community and our volunteers have been at the very heart of Willow Wood. This award is for those volunteers who are no longer with us as well as our current volunteers.”

From supporting the hospice’s nursing and medical teams to helping raise the £2.3m needed annually to fund its services, Willow Wood volunteers are an

essential part of the hospice team and without them the hospice would not be able to provide the range of support and services to patients, and their the families, in need of their specialist care.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

“The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: “I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements.

“The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer.”

The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith said: “I am delighted that the volunteers from Willow Wood Hospice are part of 26 winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016 in our county.

“Willow Wood should be rightly proud of the contribution made by each of them. My congratulations go to one and all.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.

The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on June 2, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

Representatives from Willow Wood Hospice will receive the award from the monarch’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith later this summer.