Hospice Volunteer Honoured with Prestigious Award

Posted on 13 July 2017.

A dedicated volunteer has had 35-years of work honoured with a prestigious award.

Jean Johnson from Penn has volunteered at Compton Hospice since it first opened in 1982. She was presented with a medal from the League of Mercy Foundation on Tuesday.

Mrs Johnson was nominated by the hospice to receive the accolade – which is titled Badge of the Order of Mercy – for her long service to the organisation and collected it at a special ceremony held at Mansion House in London.

The prize recognises the work of volunteers who have spent at least seven years working to support others, including those living with life-limiting illnesses. Only 50 medals are awarded to volunteers from around the country each year.

Mrs Johnson said: “I was so nervous about receiving this award but really proud. It was an absolutely wonderful occasion and so lovely to see so many volunteers receiving awards for their dedicated service to different charities.”

Mrs Johnson’s first task at the hospice was to arrange flowers and over the years she has taken on many different roles, including meeting and greeting patients and their families upon their arrival, making drinks and answering the telephone. She currently volunteers one day at week as a receptionist on the hospice’s inpatient unit.

Over the last 35 years Mrs Johnson has also been very active in fundraising for the hospice, raising thousands of pounds by organising an annual Christmas raffle.

She added: “I never thought when I first walked through the door that I would still be here 35 years later but the reason I have stayed for so long is because I enjoy the atmosphere and interacting with the patients, doctors and nurses. Even after all this time I still feel like I get so much out of volunteering.”

Compton Hospice Chief Executive Claire Marshall added: “Everyone at Compton is absolutely delighted that our brilliant volunteer, Jean Johnson, has been awarded this wonderful accolade. We’ve always known that Jean’s commitment to Compton over the entire 35 years of our history has been exceptional but it is particularly fitting and poignant to have Jean’s work and dedication recognised by the wider world.”

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