Hospice heroes honoured for 40 years of volunteering

Each year Wirral Hospice St John’s invites teams of its staff and volunteers, to thank them for their dedicated service in five-year intervals.

In this special year, the hospice is celebrating forty years at the heart of our Wirral community, around 60 people were invited to receive their well-deserved recognition.

Each invitee receives a commemorative certificate and a star pin badge with the number of years served shining out from them. The celebrations were held in The Little Fox function room in Thornton Hough.

On the evening everyone was welcomed by hospice CEO, Helen Brown, then thanked for their selfless service and presented with their awards by hospice Chair, Steve Schroeder.

People were reminded of the most important contribution they had made to Wirral Hospice St John’s and were all positively beaming with pride as they received their awards.

Three very special volunteers have been around for all of the forty years the hospice has been open, Norma Beaumont, Kath Kenyon, and Jane Mansell, and they received a further heartfelt announcement and applause for their exemplary service.

Norma could not attend on the evening but Kath and Jane were there to receive their awards with an extra special celebration bouquet of flowers to mark their forty years.

Helen Brown, CEO of Wirral Hospice St John’s was full of praise, “It’s fantastic to recognise all the people who have received this year’s long service awards but, of course, it is a great honour for all of us to recognise the dedication of Norma, Jane and Kath who have been here for all of the 40 years our hospice has been open.

“I’ve personally learnt so much from them about our early days, the evolution of the hospice over that time and the expansion of our services today. I am truly humbled by their extraordinarily thoughtful and kind commitment.”

If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer for Wirral Hospice St John’s there are opportunities at hospice itself and/or at its retail shops around the peninsula.

Image: (L-R) Jane Mansell, CEO Helen Brown, and Kath Kenyon. Credit: Mike McTigue

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