Volunteers and staff of Havens Hospices who help provide specialist care were recognised for their hard work at a special awards event last week.
On Thursday 8th
September Havens Hospices held its annual Long Service Awards where staff and volunteers were presented with a certificate of recognition for their work over five, 10, 15, 20 and even 30 years. The ceremony took place at Saxon Hall in Southend with Chief Executive of Havens Hospices, Andy Smith, and Director of Care, Helen Forster, handing out each certificate and badge to 140 hardworking members of the organisation.
One volunteer celebrated a staggering 30 years of volunteering for the charity, which cares for seriously ill children and adults, as part of Fair Havens Day Care. Kitty Edwards, 84, from Leigh started volunteering at Fair Havens Hospice in April 1986.
Kitty originally volunteered in the In Patient Unit at Fair Havens before moving over to Day Care in 2005. While there she helps patients with craft activities as well as providing refreshments in the kitchen. Kitty also helps train other Day Care volunteers.
“I always wanted to volunteer for a charity. When Daphne Hall, one of the founders, came to a club I was a member of and spoke about Fair Havens she inspired me to volunteer there. I didn’t drive so I could cycle there from home. I’ve loved every one of my 30 years volunteering at Fair Havens. I enjoy looking after the patients, the whole atmosphere is lovely.”
Chief Executive of Havens Hospices, Andy Smith said,
“That we are fortunate to have so many members of staff and volunteers who have given five, 10, 15, 20 and, for one volunteer this year, 30 years’ service to the hospices says so much about their own personal commitment to supporting people in our local community in ensuring they receive the hospice care they need. It was an honour on behalf of all those who benefit from our services to thank them for their dedication and to let them know how much their hard work is appreciated.”
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Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens Hospice for adults, in Westcliff, and Little Havens Hospice for babies, children and teenagers in Thundersley. They provide respite, help control pain and medication and end of life care.
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