Caring Jan’s bid for award

Jan Dunn Hartlepool and District Hospice
Jan Dunn Hartlepool and District Hospice

A STUNNED hospice worker sill cant believe she’s in the running for a health award.

Janet Dunn has given 13 years of loyal and caring service to the Hartlepool and District Hospice - first as a volunteer and then as a member of staff.

Now she is in the running for an honour in the Best of Health awards but admitted: “I just think it is a privilege to work with really nice people.”

Mum-of-three Janet is a senior health care assistant at the Wells Avenue hospice. Its the latest role in a varied career which she describes as “fantastic.

“When I started here, my first thought was that I loved it. I spend a lot of time with the patients.”

Janet started out as a volunteer but after six months, she became a member of staff. She has had jobs in the in-patient unit, in the bereavement support section, and latterly in the day unit.

Her original nomination read: “Janet has every attribute and more that it takes to be a health carer.

“She does not only focus on the patients needs. She always sees the bigger picture and helps support and guide the families. I would love Jan to receive a little recognition for her dedication to this service.”

Janet said: “I could not believe I had been nominated. When I was told I had been shortlisted, I was on cloud nine.”

We’ll be bringing you more stories on some of the shortlisted contenders as a taster of the standard of entries in the competition.

The stories published are no indication of whether or not the entrant has won the category.

More than 300 members of the Hartlepool public nominated their own heroes in the health profession. Between them, they came up with around 150 different names which they felt were deserving of an honour.

The original entrants have now been narrowed down to a shortlist. The shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend the finals night in Sedgefield early next month.

And we will be there to bring you full, in-depth coverage.

It promises to be an emotional night with surprises galore and the Hartlepool Mail will have a team of reporting and photographic staff there to follow every step. Follow the Hartlepool Mail in-paper, online and via social media sites for the most up-to-date coverage of the awards.