The Prince of Wales Hospice had outstanding success at this year’s Wakefield Business Awards. The Hospice won not just one but two prestigious categories and claimed the titles of ‘Charity of the Year’ and ‘Independent Retail or Hospitality Business of the Year.’
The Hospice’s nomination in these categories showcased its commitment to excellence and dedication to making a positive impact on the local community. The awards, organised by We Are Wakefield, recognized businesses and organisations for their exceptional contributions to the Wakefield business community.
Claire Sutherley, Managing Director of We Are Wakefield said: “It is with great pleasure and excitement that I extend my warmest congratulations to the Hospice on their double success at the Wakefield Business Awards! This is truly a massive achievement, and one that speaks volumes about the exceptional quality of their entry. The standards this year were extraordinarily high, and all categories were closely contested, making their success all the more impressive. Their hard work and commitment have truly set a standard for excellence in Wakefield’s business community.”
The ‘Charity of the Year’ award recognized the Hospice’s strategic approach to change, notably the innovative concept of managing the Hospice by a Collaborative Chief Executive Office (CCEO). Judges were impressed with the evident positive impact on staff, patients, and their families, investment in employee and manager training and the connection between the Hospice and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.
The judges of ‘Independent Retail or Hospitality Business of the Year’ highlighted: “It was great to see so much evidence of how the hospice continuously striving to improve and develop both the shops and also their people which are both of great benefit to the local community. They have based themselves at the heart of so many communities and have shown creative ways of helping people whilst raising money.”
Joanne Schofield, Director of Clinical Services, was one of a few staff who attended and accepted the awards on behalf of The Prince of Wales Hospice during the gala event. Reflecting on the accomplishment she said: “It was an amazing night, the closest I’m likely to get to an Oscars experience. I was immensely proud to go up onto the stage with my colleagues to accept the awards on behalf of all our wonderful staff and volunteers. While we don’t do what we do for prizes and accolades it is very gratifying to be recognised for the brilliant work we do and the very real difference it makes.”
The Prince of Wales Hospice remains committed to its mission of providing exceptional care and support to those in need, and these awards serve as a testament to the organisation’s dedication and impact within the Wakefield community.