North London Hospice Volunteer wins international award
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Long-standing North London Hospice volunteer Joe Attridge has been awarded Volunteer of the Year at the prestigious International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2014, in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support. The awards, which celebrate achievement and excellence in the work of nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team in palliative care, took place on 20 March at the grand Honourable Artillery Company Museum in the centre of London. The award recognises the invaluable contribution and achievements of a volunteer who has improved the lives of others in palliative care. This may have resulted from a personal experience of illness or from caring for or working with a patient in the palliative phase of illness. Joe, aged 55, whose wife died at the Hospice in 2006 aged 48, has been helping out at the Hospice four days a week for the past seven years. He has also run countless marathons and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 to help raise much-needed funds. Over the years he has shown enormous dedication to the cause of palliative care, and currently holds six different volunteering positions in the Hospice. His next big challenge will be trekking in the Sahara desert in October over four days, which for someone who doesn’t like the heat is a very brave thing to do. Joe said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the Hospice for nominating me for this award. I feel very privileged to help and support the patients, their families and friends, to live life each day in what can be very difficult circumstances. “After my wife Anna’s death I wanted to work as a volunteer at the Hospice and help patients and their families to benefit from the care and loving support the Hospice provides. North London Hospice is not just a place to spend your last few days. It offers so much more, not just to patients, but to their families, friends and carers too. “ Pam McClinton, chief executive of North London Hospice said: “On behalf of everyone at the Hospice I would like to congratulate Joe on wining this award. Joe works tirelessly to support patients in a compassionate and empathetic manner. He is an inspirational figure with the ability to get alongside people, all exceptional gifts that make him the volunteer that he is.” The ceremony itself was hosted by Stephen Richards, Director of Professional Engagement at Macmillan Cancer Support. The judging panel were as ever extremely impressed by the standard of the entries, as attested to on the night by IJPN’s Consultant Editor, Professor Bridget Johnston, and the nominees whose amazing work was being honoured again included people from far and wide, reflecting the continuing growth of palliative care across the world.