Sister Frances Dominica, founder of the world’s first children’s hospice, Helen House, has been awarded the Help the Hospices and National Garden Scheme (NGS) Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards ceremony, which was sponsored by the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), took place in Manchester on Friday 30 November at the Help the Hospices conference.
Sister Frances Dominica said; “It is a great honour to receive this award. As I do so I think of the thousands of children, young people and their families who have walked through the doors of Helen & Douglas House over the last 30 years and who have taught us so much.
It has been team work and I am immensely grateful to all the staff, volunteers and supporters who have brought my original dream to reality. The greatest reward is when a family says to us, thank you, you have made a difference.”
Sister Frances continued; “Since Helen House opened in 1982 the children’s hospice movement has spread across the United Kingdom. Last month I was privileged to be at the opening of the first Japanese children’s hospice and that means that paediatric care has spread to all five continents.”
The NGS, the awards’ sponsors, is one of Help the Hospices longest standing supporters. NGS has raised more than £2 million to support hospice care over 15 years.