OVER one hundred volunteers and staff have received long service awards – totalling an incredible 1,225 years of service – from local charity Treetops Hospice.
Amongst those receiving an award for 25 years of service was Hospice at Home registered nurse Julie Ludlam, from Derby. Julie says it is a ‘privilege’ to be let into the lives of patients and families during such a difficult time.
52-year-old Julie said:
“After qualifying on a ward specialising in oncology, I had a desire to help patients at the end of life remain at home if that was their wish.
“As a Treetops Hospice at Home nurse, I see my role as a real privilege as I am let into the lives of patients and their families at such a difficult time. You can become one of the family. I don’t see it as a job; it’s a pleasure to support patients and families both physically and emotionally.
“For the patient, we can give physical and emotional support, manage their symptoms and liaise with everyone around them.
“For families and carers, I can provide some respite but I also listen to them, offer advice and help them understand what’s happening.
“I love my job and I think of Treetops as a little family. We get a lot of support from each other and the coordination team and I’m proud to be a part of this incredible team.
“I’m honoured to be receiving this award; it’s amazing and it really doesn’t seem like 25 years since I joined Treetops Hospice. The time has gone by so quickly and I hope that I’ve helped to make a difference.”
This was the first time since the start of the pandemic that the Treetops Long Service Awards were held ‘in person’ with volunteers and staff invited to enjoy light refreshments in the hospice grounds. The annual event is for staff and volunteers who have reached 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35-year milestones. Those who reached these milestones during 2020 were also acknowledged at the event.