The second annual Hoscars awards ceremony has been held.

Volunteers and staff at St Andrew’s Hospice have joined together to celebrate their achievements at its annual Hoscars awards ceremony.

Many nominations were received for the four main categories, and the worthy winners were announced as:

  • Inspirational Teamwork Award: Catering
  • Unsung Heroes (Volunteer) Award: Mike Howden
  • Living The Values (Employee) Award: Mick Binnion
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bev Vasey

Bev Vasey first joined the hospice as a volunteer in 1995 and became a staff member in 1998. She is now the income administration office manager, and was nominated for her unstinting loyalty and flexibility.

She said: “I’m really honoured to have been nominated and feel very privileged.

“I started at the hospice when it was based at The Beeches in Scartho and have pretty much done most roles, from driving to serving teas at the weekend to patients.”

Unsung Heroes Award winner Mike Howden told the audience: “True happiness can be found in friendship, and I have made many friends here at St Andrew’s. I am proud to be a part of this organisation and do my little bit.”

He began volunteering at the hospice five years ago following a career at the Grimsby Telegraph in advertising and marketing. His graphic design skills save the hospice thousands of pounds each year, and he also volunteers in the catering department once a week.

Mike added: “This award is totally humbling.”

Qualified chef Mick Binnion has worked at the hospice for four years, creating delicious deserts for patients and visitors in the servery. Using his Royal Horticultural Society skills and love of gardening, in his own time he has toiled alongside a local community group to create a wildlife haven and working garden at the hospice.

The Living The Values award winner said: “We are here to achieve as much as possible for patients within their lifespans.”

Mick and his colleagues in the catering team were delighted to win the Inspirational Teamwork Award. They were nominated for transforming their service during the last two years, while the hospice underwent a £6.5-million redevelopment. Before, catering was primarily for patients. Now, the new community hub and servery, called Appetite, is open to the public, and the service has undergone a big change.

Catering manager Sarah Plant, who has worked at the hospice for 26 years, said: “We absolutely love what we do and I do it to make sure patients get the best nutrition possible.

“We now cater for the public too, so the vibe in the servery has changed completely, and we are now very much a community environment. This is an honour.”

The evening saw the hospice’s community hub decorated in white and green, and guests enjoyed canapés created especially for the occasion.

Master of ceremonies, local broadcaster Mike Cartwright, who has supported St Andrew’s for many years, said: “

A special award was made to Dave Wilkinson, who passed away earlier this year. He joined the hospice as a volunteer in 1998 and later was employed as a lottery collector in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. He often played the role of Father Christmas at parties for younger patients, and always had a smile for everyone.  The award was collected by his wife, Sheila.

Five Star Awards were bestowed by the hospice’s board of directors and senior management team on:  Jean Frith, Doreen Pilling and Wendy Hardy, volunteer retail managers;  Pat Grantham, who manages the hospice’s tea bar inside Hull Magistrates’ Court; and Janet Brighton, from Immingham’s tea bar.

And finally, a total of 72 staff and volunteers this year received long service awards, ranging from five to 35 years’ service.

Alison Carlisle, the hospice’s chief executive, said: “It’s always a great thing to see people coming together to celebrate achievements. I wish to heartily congratulate not only everyone involved in the Hoscars, but every member of the hospice team who every day provide outstanding and first-class care in the heart of our community.”

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