Lakelands Hospice team rewarded for its dedication

Des Hillier, Mayor's Consort Paul Balmer, Mayor of Corby Judy Caine, Gary Tait (chairman of board of trustees), Graham Charles, Elaine Andrew, Maureen Eakins, Georgina Bailey. Front row, Moira Reid, Christine Eyles, Margaret Vickers
Des Hillier, Mayor's Consort Paul Balmer, Mayor of Corby Judy Caine, Gary Tait (chairman of board of trustees), Graham Charles, Elaine Andrew, Maureen Eakins, Georgina Bailey. Front row, Moira Reid, Christine Eyles, Margaret Vickers

Volunteers and staff who have each given more than 10 years service to Lakelands Hospice, Corby, have been praised for their dedication.

A ceremony was held at the hospice in Butland Road on Tuesday when the town’s mayor Judy Caine presented women with bouquets and the men with gift vouchers.

Gary Tait, chairman of the hospice’s board of trustees, said: “The selflessness of the staff and volunteers over a long period of time has made a substantial contribution to the hospice, to the benefit of all its patients.”

The volunteers who received recognition were Des Hillier, Graham Charles, Elaine Andrews, Maureen Ekins, Georgina Bailey, Moira Reid, Christine Eyles, Margaret Vickers, Jean Hill, Hilda Courtman, Donal O’Regan and Andrew McCallum.

Members of staff who received thank-you gifts were administration manager Sharon Park, nurse Sonya Davies, chef Irene Porter and hypnotherapist Tony Alexander.

Mrs Bailey, who lives in Great Oakley, has been a volunteer for 12 years and works as a receptionist at the hospice every Wednesday. She said: “It’s great fun being with the staff and patients. I really enjoy it.”

Mr Hillier, who has volunteered at Lakelands for 10 years, drove the minibus and now helps maintain the building and its gardens. He said: “I come along on a Tuesday and Wednesday and love every minute I spend at the hospice.”

Mayor Judy Caine said: “I thanked them all on behalf of the hospice and the people of Corby and the district. Without them Lakelands wouldn’t exist.”