Omega shortlisted for UK finals
Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care shortlisted for UK final of Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards
Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care has been selected from charities across the West Midlands as the regional winner of the “Unsung Hero” award. They received a prize of £1000 and will now compete against charities from across England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for six overall prizes which will be announced at the UK Final awards ceremony on 8th October 2015.
The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life changing work of small and medium sized charities.
84 year old Jean Griffin, nominated by Omega National Association for End of Life Care, won the Unsung Hero Award for her voluntary efforts for the charity which have been outstanding. Jean fronted the Chatterbox recruitment radio campaign for telephone befrienders; she ran a race for life at the age of 80 and has provided friendship and comfort for bereaved and socially isolated clients and clients who turn to Omega when faced with the difficult prospect of caring for a loved one at the end of their life.
No request for support too great, Jean is well known in the organisation for literally walking the extra mile, making daily hospital visits on foot to comfort a terminally ill patient until the day they died. Her volunteer commitments have included input into training sessions and mentoring services for younger or newer befrienders. Jean is not short of things to do, but she always makes time for those that need her help. Her fundraising efforts such as knitting scarves and toys for sale have helped many charities over the years.
Chief Executive of the Foundation, Paul Streets OBE, said of the awards: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. Omega has demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice, and has set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported thousands of such small and medium sized charities to tackle disadvantage in communities right across the West Midlands and we look forward to doing much more in the years to come.’
For more information about Omega, visit our website www.omega.uk.net.
See full news release here-Charity Achievement Award Winner