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Zoë's Place Baby Hospice- Winner of 2016 national Wellchild Award!
Published date: 13 September 2016
Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool has been named as a winner in the prestigious national 2016 WellChild Awards, in association with GSK, and staff will be off to collect the prize at the Dorchester, Park Lane, London on October 3rd.
Zoe’s Place, Liverpool, was picked from 100s of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Inspirational Health Team in these Awards which celebrate the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions and honour the dedication of professionals who go the extra mile to help sick children and their families. The Awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children.
The staff from Zoe’s Place in Liverpool will be among the stars of the show at October’s high profile Awards ceremony, which has been attended over the past few years by many of WellChild’s celebrity supporters, including Royal Patron Prince Harry.
Zoe’s Place, Liverpool, was nominated for the award by Liverpool WellChild Children’s Nurse Elaine O’Brien. She said, when she first worked with the hospice, staff were already supporting babies and young children with highly specialised needs, however they had never cared for children on Long Term Ventilation. Despite the need for one to one staffing and the massive amount of training and development required, the team at Zoe's Place committed one hundred per cent to make a difference to these children's and families’ lives.
The hospice has provided valuable support to babies and young children across the North West, including those on Long Term Ventilation. They offer monthly breaks for families who care for children. At times of significant family stress, when families have found it difficult to cope anymore with the intrusion of staff in their homes and living with the constant worry and stress that their child may suddenly deteriorate, the hospice has been there to offer support with great commitment.
Nominator Elaine said: “I have experienced first-hand the impact of the compassion, reassurance and support that this hospice team brings to families. However, this support is also opened up to the professional team, as they always go the extra mile to help their local colleagues and pace the child at the heart of any situation. Zoe's Place Liverpool nurses have surpassed any of the expectations I had, and continue to provide a first class, compassionate and caring environment for all the children they care for.”
Speaking at the 2015 WellChild Awards ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The stories we have heard tonight are moving beyond words. They remind us of the utter insignificance of our everyday worries. Yet, one of the things that always stands out is the positivity shown by those in the most difficult and testing circumstances. It is heartening to hear so many stories of happiness and hope, even through the dark times.”
With hundreds of nominations received from across the country, the difficult job of choosing winners in all WellChild Award categories is given, each year, to an esteemed panel of judges. That panel consists of leading health professionals and others with an interest in children’s health and includes children and young people who face serious illness themselves.
WellChild’s Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge, is also a member of that panel. She said: “It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country. All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people. Zoe’s Place, Liverpool, truly deserves to be the winner of this award.
“The Awards, in association with GSK, are a perfect demonstration of WellChild’s commitment to helping as many seriously ill children and their families as we can and embody our aim of raising awareness of their needs.”
The staff of Zoe’s Place, Liverpool will receive their award at the eleventh Annual WellChild Awards ceremony in London this October.
At this star-studded event, the staff will meet a host of WellChild celebrity supporters, who attend each year to celebrate the courage of brave children and honour the dedicated work of the country’s health professionals. In addition to Royal Patron, Prince Harry, previous WellChild Award evenings have been attended by rock legend Rod Stewart with his wife Penny Lancaster Stewart, comedian Russell Howard, pop singer Pixie Lott, actress Barbara Windsor, pop band Scouting for Girls, Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne, TV presenters Vernon Kay and Tess Daly and many more.
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