Cruse Bereavement Care has supported the award for Bereavement Project of the Year at the first palliative and end of live care awards. Organisations from West Yorkshire to Surrey were honoured by the awards which were organised by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC). The four winners were chosen from three shortlisted entries in each category, out of more than 50 nominations received.
Cruse was delighted that St Giles Hospice was named Bereavement Project of the Year for its Bereavement Help Points. The first bereavement help point was set up from St Giles Hospice’s Sutton Coldfield Supportive Care Centre in 2014. St Giles now operates seven Bereavement Help Points across its catchment area, with two more due to open in 2016. The hospice works in partnership with Cruse in many of the help points to ensure that those attending get the very best bereavement care. This drop in bereavement service is person centred and there no limits to attendance or on length or type of grief.
More details about all the winners are available here.
Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the NCPC and Dying Matters coalition and Cruse trustee, said “we were amazed at the number and quality of the entries. All of the shortlisted entries were impressive, and the winners really had to be something special to stand out. We hope that these awards show the range of excellent work going on in end of life care, and inspire others in their work.”
The awards were made at the end of the first day of the NCPC's two day conference “An Ambitious New World: building the future for palliative and end of life care.” Nearly 200 people attended the event, held at Keele University on 23 and 24 March.