Trinity scoops charity of the year award

Grin and Wear It Day for the Gazette's Hospice Heroes campaign.'Staff at Brian House dressed in their pyjamas for Grin and Wear It day.'Chief Executive David Houston goes back to his Scottish roots.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'14-2-2014
Grin and Wear It Day for the Gazette's Hospice Heroes campaign.'Staff at Brian House dressed in their pyjamas for Grin and Wear It day.'Chief Executive David Houston goes back to his Scottish roots. PIC BY ROB LOCK'14-2-2014
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Trinity Hospice has been named Charity of the Year in a top awards ceremony.

The Bispham hospice triumphed in the Charity of the Year (income £5m-10m) category at the Charity Times Awards, held at the Lancaster London Hotel last week.

The accolade rounds off an excellent few months for the Low Moor Road hospice, which has been refurbished after The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign raised more than £260,000.

David Houston (pictured) and Dr Susan Salt, from the hospice, went to a special dinner to receive the award.

Mr Houston, chief executive of Trinity Hospice said: “I feel that this award is testament to the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers who work tirelessly supporting the patients and families in our care.

“The past two years have been extremely challenging for us and we have had to re-shape our organisation to ensure that we are well placed to meet changing demands for hospice care across the Fylde coast.

“As a local charity, the economic slowdown placed additional pressures on us as we forged ahead with a much needed refurbishment and the launch of new services.

“It’s the first time we have entered the awards and the competition in our category was very fierce. I feel immensely proud to have accepted it on behalf of every person associated with Trinity - it is the perfect springboard for us as we move into our 30th anniversary year, focusing on our future work providing compassionate care in the community.”