Highland Hospice celebrated 30 years of loving care at a service and awards ceremony held in St Andrews Cathedral in Inverness on Sunday 19th November.
At the service, five nominated people or groups were rewarded for their outstanding commitment to the charity over the years.
Outstanding Fundraiser – Alex Mackenzie
'For being an understated individual who has challenged himself at home and abroad. Alex has roped in the support of his friends, work colleagues, employers and passengers to ensure every endeavour is well supported and significant funds are raised.'
Outstanding Staff Member – Hospice Cook Marion Irving
'For her approach to treating every patient as an individual. Marion goes above and beyond the expectations of the role, not only chatting with patients to help identify their needs but supporting family members, visitors and staff. She also gets involved in all aspects of Hospice activity including fundraising.'
Outstanding Volunteer - Louise Mackenzie
'For working in a multiplicity of roles over the past three decades - from the early days of fundraising in Ullapool to more recent times as a Ward Clerk and secretary of the volunteer choir. Louise applies all her energy to making sure every job is done well - always maintaining patience, a sense of humour and a commitment to seeing the Hospice succeed.'
Outstanding Group Contribution – The Beavis and MacDonald Family
'For letting the loss of their beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother, Dawn be the start of a journey and not the end. The family have supported the Hospice with fundraising and awareness-raising contributing to the success of the Project Build Appeal. They allowed Dawn's story to be an inspiration for fundraisers and supporters across Easter Ross and beyond.'
Outstanding Ambassador - Rosemary Rankin
'For committing heart and soul to seeing the Hospice succeed. Rosemary has used all her skills, experience and networks to support every aspect of the Hospice as a volunteer, a Board member, a fundraiser, and a historian! From being hands-on making quilts for the patients to giving talks to different audiences Rosemary has epitomised the Hospice values.'
The winners were 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 independent of Hospice.
Highland Hospice’s Head of Fundraising Andrew Leaver said, “Those recognised in our 30th Anniversary Awards represent just the tip of an iceberg of support the Hospice receives every year. We are hugely grateful to every individual, company, group and family who support the Hospice and ensure we are here to offer care and compassion to all those people in the Highlands dealing with the issues that arise as a result of dying and bereavement.”
The service was 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 also spoke at the event, themed around the celebration of 30 years of loving care and compassion from Highland Hospice.