Highland Hospice is extending a warm invitation to its supporters to help mark 30 years of care at a special anniversary service to be held in St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness.
The service will take place on Sunday 19th November at 6pm, held by the Hospice’s Chaplain Norma Higgott with input from the Bishop, Mark Strange and NHS Chaplain, Rev Derek Brown. Staff members Maria Cuthbert and Amy Morrison and volunteers Will Macrae and Jim Birnie will also speak at the event, which is themed around the celebration of 30 years of loving care and compassion from Highland Hospice.
Incorporated into the service will be a special recognition awards ceremony. Ninety nominations were recently received from staff, volunteers and supporters of the Hospice and, from these, five have been shortlisted in the categories of: Outstanding Staff Member, Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Fundraiser , Outstanding Ambassador and Outstanding Group Contribution.
The top person or group in each category will be chosen by a three-person panel made up of a member of the Hospice’s senior management team, a former Chair of the Hospice and a representative who is independent of Hospice.
Highland Hospice’s Head of Fundraising Andrew Leaver said, “We really hope that many of our supporters will join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. We are grateful to each and every person who has helped us to keep delivering a high standard of care during this time, which is why we took the decision to invite members of the public to nominate those who have gone the extra mile. It is going to be a tough decision to choose an overall winner in each category, as all of those who have been shortlisted thoroughly deserve their place. Their attitude and approach truly embodies the Hospice’s values of team working, transparency, trust, commitment, and compassion.”
He added, “Any staff member, volunteer or supporter past and present is welcome at the service – there is no need to confirm in advance. It promises to be a lovely evening of celebration for this fantastic facility which is now looking forward to its next 30 years.”
Those shortlisted in each category are:
- Outstanding Staff Member - Maria Cuthbert, Lyn Forbes, Marion Irving, Helen MacKenzie, Susan Smith
- Outstanding Volunteer - Sandy Cameron, Louise MacKenzie, Alister Matheson, Judy Mcintosh, Pat Ross
- Outstanding Fundraiser - Symeera Cooper, Micky Jones (and his dog Cluanie), Alex MacKenzie, Alison McRitchie, John Urquhart
- Outstanding Ambassador - Lucy Lister-Kaye, Norman MacDonald, Angus MacKenzie, Rosemary Rankin, Ian Smith
- Outstanding Group Contribution - The Beavis Family, Bits and Pieces Shop in Dingwall, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, Slaters Menswear, Inverness and Highland Hospice Shop Supervisors and Assistants