Hartlepool hospice Lorna is up for an award

SO DEDICATED: Lorna Jones.
SO DEDICATED: Lorna Jones.

A HOSPICE stalwart admitted she was almost moved to tears after receiving a string of nominations for an award.

Lorna Jones, 80, has spent 30 years working tirelessly to promote and support the work of Hartlepool & District Hospice, of which she was a founding member.

“It is the fabric of my being. My first reaction, when I found out I had been nominated, was that I hadn’t achieved anything. Then, they told me I had made such a difference to so many people’s lives and that nearly made me cry. It is very humbling to be nominated for that really.”

Lorna Jones, hospice volunteer

The daughter of the hospice founder Alice Bendle admitted: “It is the fabric of my being. My first reaction, when I found out I had been nominated, was that I hadn’t achieved anything.

“Then, they told me I had made such a difference to so many people’s lives and that nearly made me cry. It is very humbling to be nominated for that really.”

Among the many nominations for Lorna, one said: “Lorna has never failed in her commitment to the people of Hartlepool ensuring that they will have a place of excellence for years to come.”

Another said: “Lorna has tirelessly worked to ensure that Hartlepool & District Hospice has continued to deliver excellent care to patients and their families across Hartlepool and East Durham at a time when they need it most.”

It was back in 1980 that the first ten supporters met to discuss the vision of a Hospice for Hartlepool and east Durham.

A year later, fundraising began to turn this vision into a reality.

In 1983, the newly registered charity bought a house in Hartlepool town centre with the money raised by the local community and converted it into a hospice, with Alice Bendle leading the campaign.

Lorna admitted: “I have been associated with it ever since mum thought about it, which is from the very beginning.

“I have just carried on the work that she has done.

“I have a vision for the future for increasing the way that we can help people and spread the way that we care and make a difference to people’s lives.”

Lorna becomes the latest entry in our Best of Hartlepool competition but we want to hear from many more worthy causes.

People have until April 10 to come forward with deserving causes in categories which range from fundraiser of the year to child of courage, and green champion to local hero.

You can nominate by visiting the nomination website at http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/hartlepool/