Awards ceremony celebrates hospice heroes

A committed charity runner, a daredevil fundraiser and a creative young entrepreneur were among the super supporters commended at the 2020 John Taylor Hospice Supporter Awards.

The special thank you party and awards ceremony takes place each December to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and local organisations who have raised money for the charity over the past 12 months.

This year’s festivities were hosted virtually on 3 December and featured presentations from hospice staff, a celebratory slideshow of fundraisers’ achievements and special video messages from the award recipients.

Presenting the evening’s awards to John Taylor Hospice fundraisers was CEO Penny Venables who said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to tell you how grateful we are for all your support during this year. Without a doubt 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. COVID-19 has created situations we could never have imagined but your support, and the support of all of our fundraisers, has made such a difference.

“2020 marks the 110th anniversary of John Taylor Hospice and we had so many lovely anniversary events planned which we’ve had to cancel or postpone. I know many of you will also have been disappointed when we had to cancel fundraising events like our Sunset Walk and Edwardian Summer Fayre. But we are creating a full programme of events for next year and we hope to see you in person then.

“Your fundraising has been needed more than ever during this time. I would like to thank you personally for helping to ensure our hospice care continues to be here for people when they need it most. Knowing you are here supporting us has helped all of our teams through these difficult months. Every pound you have donated this year and every pound our fundraisers donate in the future is ensuring we can be here for the next 110 years.

“I’d just like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you – in truth we’d love to give all of you awards. We’re constantly astounded by the kindness and continued support you all show to us year after year and you really are wonderful.”

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 John Taylor Hospice Supporter Awards!

Young Fundraiser Award: Kayla Wilson          

Kayla Wilson, 13, from Kidderminster has used her entrepreneurial talents to raise funds for the hospice this year in memory of her nan. During lockdown Kayla started a non-profit business on Facebook (A-Mae-Zing Gifts) to help her reach her £130 fundraising target.

Runner of the Year: Jamie Hawkswood

Jamie’s year of fundraising kicked off with the Winter Walk in London and by creating delicious charity specials in his job as chef at The Woodman pub in Birmingham. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jamie didn’t let this deter him and instead took on his planned running challenges virtually. Jamie went on to clock up an eye-watering 900 miles in his virtual London Marathon, Great North Run and London 10,000 – even signing up fantastic family members to help too!

Corporate Supporter of the Year: D R Developments & Detail

In September, property developer and construction business D R Developments & Detail presented John Taylor Hospice with an incredible £10,000 cheque. With their generous donation, company directors Raj Lal and Erik Purchase said they wanted to thank hospice teams for the excellent care they provided for their dear friend Nirpal Bansal.

Community Partnership Award: Wylde Green Inner Wheel

Wylde Green Inner Wheel has chosen John Taylor Hospice as its 2020 charity partner. President Andrea Curtis nominated the hospice as a thank you to staff for the support they gave to her and her late husband. Through numerous fundraising activities such as coffee mornings and a daring zip wire challenge by Andrea, the group has raised vital funds to support local families.

Creative Fundraiser Award: Luke Flint

Luke fundraised in memory of his great grandfather Sidney. In a first for John Taylor Hospice supporters, Luke raised money with a 24-hour live gaming session! Through his determination and creativity Luke raised an outstanding £440.

Hospice Champion: Oonagh Jarvis

From daredevil feats such as zip wiring and sky diving, to shaking collection cans and a spot of campaign modelling, Oonagh is always on hand to help John Taylor Hospice. Oonagh really is a super supporter who champions the hospice at every opportunity – and even took to the skies in a daring wing walk challenge this year! 

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What our patients think

“The care was second to none”

“At such a heartbreaking and difficult time, the nurses and care assistants knew exactly what to do and to say – we’d have been lost without them. The care they provided for my beautiful wife was second to none and I’ll be forever grateful.”

Roger Perks

“Nothing is too much trouble”

“I can’t thank hospice teams enough. From fitting grab rails in my house and ordering a reclining bed, reviewing of all my medication, providing me with new medical equipment and even helping to organise domestic help for us at home – they’ve covered everything but are always willing to do even more.”

Jackie Bannister

“I don’t know where I’d be without them”

“The support I get is truly is invaluable and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. I’m able to talk openly about my illness and ask for advice and support if I need it. I’ve made some incredible friends and the hospice is a very special place full of laughter and kindness. “

Liz Warren

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