From ferries to fundraising: How our staff and volunteers go the extra mile

We know our staff and volunteers do an amazing job. From the clinical staff who care for people across the UK, to the supporters who raise money to help fund the care, they all play a vital role in supporting people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Every year, the Peacock Awards celebrate the work of Marie Curie staff and volunteers from across the UK and allow us to highlight some truly outstanding contributions to what we do.

And the winners are… 

Clinical Innovation Award winner – The West Lothian Palliative Care Team

Launched in February 2014, the team was established in partnership with NHS Lothian and Macmillan Cancer Support. The team provides specialist palliative care services for people with any advanced, progressive and incurable illness. Through strengthening links with local district nursing staff, the team has ensured that the community receives patient-centred end of life care to the highest standard.

The West Lothian Palliative Care Team accepted the prize for Clinical Innovation

Nurse Leadership Award winner – Libby Milton

Based at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, Libby has played a key leading role in the expansion of the community services within the hospice. She is passionate about supporting staff, and her sensitive, person-centred approach has been vital in achieving positive outcomes and building team relationships.

‘Going the Extra Mile’ Award joint-winners – Margaret Ann Norrie and Tracy Tucker

Margaret Ann works across Argyll & Bute, and joined the charity in 2008. She regularly travels 40 miles a day to visit patients and care for them at home, braving adverse weather conditions and travelling on ferries, often turning up early to ensure she is on time for her 10pm shifts.

Tracy is a Senior Healthcare Assistant working in the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale, as part of the Hospice Home Service. Tracy puts her patients and their families first in all she does, such as when she requested regular overtime to help support a young woman who had limited family support. Tracy also ensured the woman was able to get to hospital at a time when her symptoms worsened unexpectedly.

From left: Director of Nursing Dee Sissons; Tracy Tucker; Margaret Ann Norrie; and Bettine Bond

Fundraising Supporter of the Year – Geoff Mortimer

Geoff lost his wife Jenny to cancer seven years ago. Jenny was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale and Geoff received counselling there after Jenny died, which he found extremely helpful. Geoff promised Jenny that he would carry on her volunteering work for the hospice, as she had previously been a part of the Llantwit Major Fundraising Group.

Over the years, Geoff has collected at Cardiff Airport each February at 3am for the Great Daffodil Appeal. In June this year, he accepted a regular slot collecting at the Airport two days per week.

From left: Jane Collins; Geoff Mortimer; and Bettine Bond

Young Fundraising Supporter of the Year – Annalise Simpson

Annalise, 15, was nominated for the award after she held an amazing fun day at the West Allotment Social Club in June this year. She organised everything herself and worked tirelessly to raise more than £1,500 for Marie Curie. The event was in memory of her family friend Tommy Wells, who died in January. Annalise would visit him with her family when he was receiving care at the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle.

Annalise shows so much passion for the charity and has also mentioned she hopes to volunteer at the hospice too.

From left: Jane Collins; Annalise  Simpson; and Bettine Bond

Corporate Charity Champion of the Year – Doris Harris

Doris is the charity champion for the Wyevale Garden Centres Head Office and Syon Park Garden Centre. She has been fundraising for Marie Curie since the start of the partnership in March 2014 and uses her own time, skills, connections, and passion to drive her fundraising and achieve fantastic results.

Doris’ fundraising events are renowned within head office and her enthusiasm for the cause encourages her colleagues to take part in every single event. In total, Doris has raised more than £41,000 for the charity.

Chief Executive of Marie Curie Jane Collins (left), Dorris Harris (center), and Bettine Bond