local charity holds awards to say thank you to staff and volunteers


14 September 2018

Havens Hospices has celebrated the hard work of staff and volunteers at their annual awards ceremony.

On Wednesday 12th September, Havens Hospices held their third joint Long Service and Every One of Us awards at Saxon Hall in Southend, to thank staff and volunteers who have worked for the charity over the years and recognised people who have done outstanding work across the organisation.

The charity, which incorporates Fair Havens for adults, Little Havens for children and The J’s Hospice for young adults, cares for people with life-limiting conditions from Southend and across Essex.

Among those collecting Long Service Awards was Sally Scarnell who has volunteered in the Little Havens kitchen for 20 years and her eight and a half year old Sprocker Spaniel Ben who has been a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog at Little Havens for five years and was presented with a rosette and a packet of dog chews.

Sally said,

“The children love Ben, they tug on his tail and cuddle him and if the children have sight difficulties we describe him to them. He is so easy-going and I can see the children get so much from him. I’ll always remember when there was a girl at Little Havens for end of life care, Ben sat on her bed every week right up until she died.”

Sally also helps in the kitchen at the hospice every other Sunday during lunchtime. She added,

“It was the right time in my life to start volunteering and the opportunity at Little Havens came up when it was opening; I’ve been at Little Havens since the beginning and had seen other PAT dogs come in, I knew this is what I wanted to do. My other dogs weren’t suitable but when Ben was three, I knew he was right for the job. We had an assessment and he was accepted as a PAT dog and he’s been volunteering at Little Havens ever since.” 

Another volunteer who was celebrated was Pearl, 93, from Thorpe Bay, who has been volunteering with the charity since its inception 35 years ago, mainly in the In-Patient Unit and being with patients and families. Pearl also helped fundraise to get the hospice opened and has hosted a few special events to raise money for the charity that she’s been such a vital part of since 1983.  Pearl received a standing ovation when she was awarded her certificate for 35 years of volunteering.

Pearl said,

“I’m feeling overwhelmed - I don’t feel like I’m that special, but I’ve loved every minute of volunteering at Fair Havens. I’ve been helping at the hospice since before it opened and right the way through its journey. It’s just a part of my life, I love it and long may it last. Being there since the beginning and seeing the vision created by Daphne in to what it is now and where we’re going to get to in the next couple of years it just felt like we are part of a family.”

Trevor Johnson, Director of the People Team, presented the Every One of Us Awards – the awards which are all voted on by a panel of staff and volunteers recognises the efforts of an individual or team’s hard work and dedication across the organisation which allows the charity to continue ‘Making every day count’ for those they care for.

This year the winners were:

Every Person –Sharon Davies and Emily Tucker in Fundraising and Marketing

Every Volunteer – Peter Maddox in Supporter Care Team

Every Team – Little Havens Reception

Rising Star – Oz Simsek in Volunteer Services

Richard Player Chair of Trustees attended the event to present the Havens Shield, before he did so he thanked Emma Hamilton, Challenge Fundraiser for her dedication to the Little Havens to Amsterdam Bike ride which took place last weekend. He praised Emma  who stayed with a cyclist after he was injured – flying back and forth to accompany him home. 

Richard then handed out the Havens Shield which is voted on by Trustees to this year’s recipients the Finance Team.

Richard said,

“Without the guidance of a director for a short time, budgets, audits and accounting systems were all completed to deadlines. In fact when the accounts went to the auditors, they couldn’t find a single error and we were given a rare clean bill of health this is credit to the dedication and professionalism of the Finance Team.”

Chief Executive, Andy Smith, added;

“On behalf of all those we care for a huge thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do. No matter which area of the charity you work in you are all contributing to something special.”

Havens Hospices has 1,078 volunteers across the charity from their shops to the care floor, they save the charity £2.7million every year. For a list of current volunteer vacancies click here.

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