County Council Chairman honours Hospice hero
A long-term volunteer, who has raised around £80,000 to support patients and families at Beaumond House Community Hospice, has been honoured with a Community Hero award by the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council.
For the last 22 years, Sheila Drummond has volunteered at Beaumond House, which provides palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families in the Newark area.
County Council Chairman, Councillor Mrs Sue Saddington visited the hospice this week to surprise Sheila with the award and also hand over a cheque for £200 to support the work of the hospice from her Councillors Divisional Fund.
Click here to download an image of the presentation (left to right: Debbie Abrams, CEO of Beaumont House; Sheila Drummond and Councillor Saddington).
Sheila, a former nurse, started volunteering at the hospice in the late 1990s after returning to the country from abroad.
She explained: "It was totally by accident really. I was driving past Beaumont House and I thought to myself, 'I wonder what they do there' - so I went to enquire... and that was 22 years ago!"
She was nominated for the award by Debbie Abrams OBE, Chief Executive of Beaumond House Community Hospice.
Debbie said: "Sheila is such a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer at the hospice - her contribution is outstanding and she does over and above what is expected of any volunteer.
"It is difficult to put into words the difference that Sheila has made but if I had to sum it up, it would be that Sheila has compassion, dedication and kindness running through her veins and her generosity and selflessness is unrivalled by anyone else I have met."
The hospice is keen to attract more volunteers who can contribute to the work of the hospice in a wide variety of ways. From working in a charity shop or being a volunteer driver to office jobs and cooking, there are many ways you could help. For details visit the website www.beaumondhouse.co.uk/volunteer or call 01636 610 556.
Councillor Saddington said: “Living in the Newark area, I know what a huge, positive impact the work of Beaumond House has on patients and families at an often very difficult, highly-emotional time.
"Everyone I talk to tells me that their staff and volunteers do an incredible job, so I am delighted that the County Council is able to recognise Sheila Drummond, who has worked tirelessly and selflessly to help others for the last 22 years. I hope her story inspires other people to come forward to work as a volunteer for the hospice."
The Chairman is on the look out for more community heroes, like Sheila and wants to hear from people who wish to nominate unsung heroes from their local area. It could be someone who help vulnerable people with shopping, or providing a lift to a medical appointment, supporting young people in their community, or leading a local community project which has made a difference to people’s lives.
Every two months, the Chairman will select one person to receive an extra special thank you and will meet and receive the Chairman’s Award.
The criteria for nominations is as follows:
· Nominees must live in the county
· They must not be a member of a local council
· Nominees must work or volunteer within Nottinghamshire
· Nominations should not be party political
· Nominees and those nominating must agree to feature in awards’ publicity
The awards will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Chairman of the County Council and the Chairman’s award will be presented to a successful individual nominated for the award.
To nominate a community hero, visit the County Council website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/get-involved/nottinghamshire-community-heroes-award - the deadline for the next round of nominations is Monday 10 December.