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Dee Sissons, Marilyn Parfitt and Maura Williams (from the specialist dementia nursing team in Wales) and Dr Clare Sellors (representing the Peacock family)

At Marie Curie, we have around 2,700 nursing and clinical staff who do amazing work every day, caring for people with a terminal illness and their loved ones. In our field of work, the people we care for don’t have a lot of time left, so it’s about making each moment count.

Every month, as I spend time working with our nursing teams in the community or at one of our nine hospices, I get to see first-hand all the good work our staff do. Many of them are great at what they do  ̶  they love their job and want to do their very best for the people they look after.

What I’m always struck by is the patience and kindness our staff show, whether they’re caring for people at the end of their lives, or being there for their family and friends.

The Peacock Awards 

Last evening, we had the opportunity to celebrate the work we do and those staff who have gone the extra mile in their role through our very own Peacock Awards, which is supported by the Peacock Charitable Trust. The Peacock family has been supporting Marie Curie for over 30 years, and we’re proud to partner with them to create this prestigious annual awards ceremony to celebrate the excellent work we do.

For three years in a row now, we’ve been giving out Peacock Awards to very deserving winners. This year, we did it in style too. I had the honour of presenting the awards to the winners at an event hosted by ArcelorMittal in the impressive Egyptian Sculpture Gallery at the British Museum. The event was attended by more than 150 people, many of whom are wonderful supporters of Marie Curie, including actress and presenter Linda Robson. Linda became a supporter after her mum was cared for at a Marie Curie Hospice.

We had the privilege of listening to Hilary’s moving story about caring for her husband, Mike, who had cancer. Mike was able to die at home, surrounded by his family, and Marie Curie Nurses were there to support him and his family in his final days. Hilary’s story reminded us of how important good care is at the right time, especially for those who are left behind.

At this year’s awards, we focused on innovation and leadership as we wanted to recognise people who provided excellent care and those who’ve inspired their fellow colleagues to do their very best. We also wanted to pay tribute to both individuals and teams that have made a big difference.

Those who’ve given exceptional care don’t often go unnoticed. We know this as we received many fantastic nominations for the awards this year, making it difficult for us judges to finally decide who the winners would be.

And the winners are… 

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate those who received the Peacock Awards.

The winner of the Clinical Innovation Award was the specialist dementia nursing team in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. This one-of-its-kind service has been running for the last two years. The nursing team supports local healthcare professionals to look after patients with dementia who are nearing the end of their lives. They also help those patients with complex needs to have a better quality of life.

Sheila Brown, Palliative Care Coordination Centre Manager in Newcastle, won the Leadership Award. She was nominated by nurses as their inspirational leader. They told us that she leads by example and is always looking at ways to improve the service, working “tirelessly to give all patients referred to our service access to the best possible end of life care.”

The runners-up for both awards, Jill Murray, a senior nurse in Grampian, and the blood transfusion team in Belfast, were highly commended by the judges. 

I do think that all Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants are winners, and we’re really proud of every single member of our nursing staff. Without all of you, we won’t be able to support people living with a terminal illness and their families at the time we’re needed most.

So let me take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you for being part of our charity. And remember to keep those nominations coming for next year’s Peacock Awards!


Peacock Awards