Award praise for carers Bereavement Group volunteers

21/05/2015
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Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers who run our Bereavement Group for reaching the finals of The Comet Community Awards. Also to a Wendy Darnell a GP Carer Champion we work with for winning the Care Worker of the Year category.

The group of 14 volunteers provide bereavement support for carers who have lost the person they cared for, and their hard work and commitment to helping others was recognised in the Valiant Volunteer category of the newspaper's awards.

Some members, including Chris Philpott, who leads the group, attended the awards evening on Friday 15th May and received a certificate.

Chris said:
"It's an honour that the bereavement group reached the finals of The Comet Community Awards as we realise we must have been up against some stiff competition. We volunteer to try and make a difference in some small way to peoples' lives. The bonus is that we gain so much from volunteering and it is a privilege to be part of the team."

Bereavement Group Comet Community Awards 2015 Valiant Volunteer finalists w360Our Bereavement Group has been running for six years and provides telephone support and group sessions. Last year the volunteers supported 86 people.

Wendy is a part-time Receptionist at Stanmore Road Surgery, Stevenage, and a Carer Champion at the practice. As a Carer Champion Wendy makes sure unpaid carers are identified and supported. She often stays after work to complete tasks to help carers and also gets involved with information stalls and other events to promote services for carers.

Wendy said:
"I was surprised and delighted to have won the award. It's nice to know the work we do to identify and support carers is appreciated. It's down to all the team at Stanmore Medical Group and the Carer Champions throughout Stevenage."

Our Chief Executive Michèle Stokes, said:
"We are delighted that the support Wendy and our Bereavement Group volunteers give carers has been recognised."

"We appreciate the dedication of our bereavement volunteers in helping others through an emotional time, when they may be carers or have commitments and challenges of their own. Carers often tell us the support brought them comfort and cheered them up."

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