Mary Potter Hospice Annual Awards

October 29th, 2019

The Mary Potter Hospice Annual Award Winners with Board Chair, Andrea McCance and Chief Executive, Brent Alderton

The Annual Awards were presented at our Year in Review last week to various Mary Potter Hospice volunteers, staff and supporters to say thank you to those special people and groups who support the vital work of the Hospice. They have been selected – with great difficulty – from the many nominations put forward by our Hospice staff.

Volunteer Awards
Shirley – Retail Volunteer

Shirley was the Online Volunteer Manager overseeing Trade Me. She has just stepped down from that role but is still listing two days a week and has been an active volunteer at the Thorndon Hospice shop as well. Shirley has been volunteering with Mary Potter Hospice since March 2014.

Susan – Hollywood Floral
Susan donates flowers every Monday and has done so since 1998, in memory of her friend Wendy who Mary Potter Hospice cared for before she died in January 1998. Susan donates her leftover flowers for the general displays and tray posies plus a fresh arrangement weekly for the Hospice chapel.

Craig – Kāpiti Strawberry Festival Volunteer
Craig has been outstanding example of committed volunteer and supporter of not only the Hospice but the Kāpiti Strawberry Festival as well. Over the six years of Craig’s involvement with the Kāpiti Coast Strawberry Festival he only missed one committee meeting. Craig’s contribution to the Hospice is truly outstanding as he reached out to his contacts and secured several high value sponsorship arrangements and partnerships for the Hospice, raising tens of thousands of dollars.

Penny, Maree, Liz and Denise – Volunteer Biographers
Penny, Maree, Liz and Denise have contributed sensitively, generously and consistently as volunteer biographers and also as mentors to new biographers. They have each contributed to the Biographers Training Day, presenting their experiences working with patients of all ages, young families, many cultures, and ethically challenging situations. They each contribute to new and innovative ideas related to production of biographies. Penny, Maree, Liz and Denise are always well prepared, and create an interesting and stimulating learning environment with the full team of biographers.

Partner Awards
Ramona – Rasch Leong Lawyers
Over the past four years, Ramona has provided pro bono legal support to numerous Mary Potter Hospice patients without financial means, to write their Will and set up Enduring Power of Attorney, in collaboration with the Salvation Army. In addition, at short notice Ramona has come into the Inpatient Unit at the end of her working day, or first thing in the morning, to provide this vital legal support. Ramona has also provided this legal support to a Hospice patient in Wellington Regional Hospital when time was crucial.

Steve and Jenna – Gee and Hickton
Steve and Jenna have provided the food for our Time of Remembrance supper in Porirua once a year for more than five years. They attend the service and often read out a poem or reading. They exhibit hospitality and professionalism and provide funeral services for many of our families. They are genuinely supportive of our work and show respect and dignity to our staff and families we work with.

Fundraising Awards
For the last three years Capiche has provided creative services, pro bono, for the Hospice’s annual appeal.  They work closely with us for months leading up to the campaign to understand the Hospice and what we need to achieve. They deal with Hospice issues with sensitivity, and never encourage us to present our brand in a way that is opposed to our values or what is right for the Hospice, our staff and our patients. In addition they are willing volunteers collecting at the Annual Appeal and at the annual Midland Park Strawberry Festival. They are great people, love to help the Hospice, and have achieved great results for the Hospice.

The Sutherland Self Help Trust
The Sutherland Self Help Trust has supported Mary Potter Hospice for over 30 years. Their generosity started in 1989 with a substantial gift to get Mary Potter Hospice built on Mein Street. Since then they have come to our rescue with upgrading kitchens and fixing roofs. And in 2012 we received an extraordinary gift as the Graeme J Sutherland Memorial Fund was established to ensure that our palliative care staff are trained to the highest standards. And now, with our great need for a Porirua/North Wellington hub, we have received a generous grant for Te Whare Rānui.

Fabric-a-brac was started in 2007 to raise funds for Mary Potter Hospice. In 2011 it was handed over to a committee to run. It has grown to be two profitable events each year for the last 8 years, raising an average of $6,000 each year. They certainly found a niche in the market with people queuing at the doors every time, every year. Since 2012, they have raised over $35,500 for Mary Potter Hospice.

Health Partner Award
Mairi – System Development Manager in the Strategy, Innovation and Planning department at Capital & Coast DHB

Mairi is a role model for effective relationship management. She has invested time and effort in developing her understanding of the Hospice, has advocated for us within the DHB, is supportive of our work and strategic direction and has developed relationships within the Hospice that make her an effective relationship manager for her own organisation.

Long Service Award
Wendy for her commitment and loyal service for 25 years as a Palliative Care Nurse at our Kāpiti Community Base.

Staff Quality Award
Vanessa – Day Services Manager
This award recognises Vanessa for her commitment to developing our Compassionate Community work.  Vanessa is committed to influencing and developing our communities to support themselves through a public health approach to bereavement, grief and loss. Vanessa has supported her team in the delivery of a number of community programmes in support of this and is increasing our ability to support our communities through education and activities.

Congratulations to all awardees and thank you for helping us make Hospice happen!