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Double award celebrations for Southern Area Hospice

Southern Area Hospice Services were delighted to be awarded twice in one week with ‘Team of the Year’ at the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards followed by, lifetime Hospice volunteer John Dalzell MBE receiving the ‘Long Service Volunteer’ Award from the Institute of Fundraising NI. 

Both award ceremonies were held in Belfast and celebrated the contribution of employers, employees and volunteers across a number of organisations.

This year, the Irish News received a record number of entries from businesses across a range of sectors and to win an award in such a strong category was testimony to the Southern Area Hospice Services and its employees.

 Irish News business editor Gary McDonald, chair of the judging panel, was joined by representatives of five of our seven premium business partners including Brian Byers (Ulster University), Dolores Vischer (Queen’s University), Orlagh O’Neill (Carson McDowell), Olga Pollock (Phoenix Natural Gas), Nicola Wilson (Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council) and Cathal Geoghegan (Mount Charles).

Representing Southern Area Hospice Services at the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards in Belfast from left to right: Majella Gollogly, Grainne Mulgrew, Orlagh O’Neill of Carson McDowell presenting the award, Dr Osmond Morris, Ann Cooney, Fiona Robinson and Bernadette McGuinness.

The winners were revealed at the gala black-tie dinner by co-hosts comedian Patrick Kielty and broadcaster/journalist Jim Fitzpatrick.  Speaking about the category of ‘Team of the Year’, the hosts revealed the comments from the judging panel about Southern Area Hospice Services saying: “Each department here is like a cog in a wheel, working in perfect sync and contributing towards a shared aim. The judges said they felt like they just wanted to be part of this team”.

Volunteer of the Year Award

At the Institute of Fundraising NI Awards, John Dalzell MBE was awarded the Long Service Fundraising Volunteer of the Year Award at an impressive ceremony in Riddel Hall.  This award highlights the dedication, hard work and commitment of an individual volunteer in the community.  John was recognised by the Institute of Fundraising and commended not only for the level of support he has delivered over the years to the Hospice, but for the outstanding amount of money he has raised to date of £1.4million.

James McCaffrey, Regional Marketing Officer said “John is a great friend and ambassador for the Southern Area Hospice and is extremely worthy of this recognition.  He works continuously all year round and has raised a substantial amount of money over the past 25 years, which has enabled our team to continue providing care for patients and their families in our local area”.

Institute of Fundraising NI Awards presentation for Long Service Volunteer from left to right: Claire McCollum, TV Presenter and Awards Host, James McCaffrey, Southern Area Hospice Services, John Dalzell MBE, Hospice Volunteer and winner of Long Service Volunteer and Gillian Shields, Coca Cola.