Queen’s Award for Bury St Edmunds hospice service

Queen's Award presentation by the Lord Lieutentant to Hospice Chief Executive Barbara Gale and Hospice President Canon Richard Norburn
Queen's Award presentation by the Lord Lieutentant to Hospice Chief Executive Barbara Gale and Hospice President Canon Richard Norburn

A St Nicholas Hospice Care service, which helps to make living with dying better for people in their own homes, was presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Tuesday.

Hospice Neighbours helps 120-150 people at any given time, with volunteers providing companionship and assisting with household tasks that can feel overwhelming when a person is unwell.

While the service was told in June it had won the award, which celebrates excellence in voluntary activities carried out by community groups, the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk officially presented it this week.

Lady Clare, Countess of Euston, visited a reception at Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Rougham, to hand over an etched crystal trophy and certification from Buckingham Palace.

She said: “As you all know the hospice is very close to my heart for all sorts of reasons. It is absolutely extraordinary and remarkable that it should have won this award for the second time since it was inaugurated.”