THE hard work of staff and volunteers at the Rowans Hospice has been recognised as it scooped a top prize at regional awards.
The Purbrook hospice provides vital services for people living with life-threatening illnesses, and their families, in the Portsmouth and south east Hampshire area.
It was crowned Charity of the Year at the Wessex Charity Awards.
The hospice was praised for raising its profile and showing innovation.
This included the development of the £1m Dorothy’s Dream campaign, which gives terminally-ill people the choice to pass away at home.
Since it was launched last September, more than 300 families have been supported by the hospice at home service.
Other initiatives it was praised for was the development of the Moonlit Meander – a charity walk for the hospice – and the growth of The Rowans Hospice Trading Company, which has opened four new shops in the past 12 months.
Chief executive Ruth White was at the ceremony in Winchester, where she picked up the award.
She said: ‘I was truly humbled to be among such amazing charities that are doing great work in our area.
‘I would like to thank my fantastic team at The Rowans Hospice.
‘However, this success would not be possible without the support we receive from our community and from the generosity of the people we serve, without whom we could not continue to provide this free service and the level of care we have now been recognised for in receiving such a prestigious award – thank you.’
The hospice received an engraved award, certificate and a cash donation of £500.