Pictured L-R John Mann (Foyle Hospice), Terri Sythes (Foyle Hospice), John Laverty (Open+Direct Insurance), Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of NIAC, Gerard Martin and Danny Gorman (both Foyle Hospice)

Foyle Hospice is Best of the Best

Foyle Hospice has been named as ‘Best of the Best’ in the ‘Health and Social Care Facility’ category at this year’s year’s Open+Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards.’ The awards ceremony for this category, held at Nazareth House Care Village, in East Belfast saw five facilities battling it out for the title, with the Derry-based hospice coming out on top.

The awards recognise the staff and residents of day-care, residential and healthcare facilities who showcased their dedication and pride in their workplace or residential care homes by improving their surroundings. All five of Northern Ireland’s Health Trust areas saw an overall winner and runner-up announced, with Foyle Hospice, Derry, taking the coveted ‘Best of the Best’ title.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the NIAC said: “We were extremely impressed by each of the entries in this category. The staff, residents and volunteers at each facility do a sterling job in creating and maintaining such creative, beautiful and well-kept spaces and are to be commended for their wonderful efforts.

“Congratulations to all of the winners, especially to Foyle Hospice, whose impressive array of unique special features across their extensive site impressed our judges so much that they were deemed worthy winners of the ‘Best of the Best’ crown.“

John Laverty from Open+Direct Insurance added, “Congratulations to Foyle Hospice, Derry on their fantastic achievement. They provide a wonderful service to the community on a daily basis and their accomplishment illustrates how the staff and volunteers involved go the extra mile to create tranquil and beautiful surroundings which are an essential part of the therapeutic care provided. As sponsors of these prestigious awards it has been heartening to see so much time and effort expended in creating the right atmosphere at these facilities, which as well as being workplaces are often homes and communities of their own.”