A DEDICATED volunteer from Droitwich has been honoured with a prestigious award for 12 years service to St Richard’s Hospice.
Colum MacCourt was nominated by the charity for the Badge of the Order of Mercy and recently received it at a special ceremony held at The Mansion House in London.
The medal is one of only 50 given out each year to people who have given up so much time to supporting others, including those living with serious progressive illness.
Mr MacCourt started volunteering for St Richard’s in 2007 through a range of roles including driving patients and offering them help, support and companionship while he was out and about in the community.
In 2008 he joined a small group of chaplaincy volunteers offering spiritual care to patients and their loved ones.
More recently he has been involved with running a course as part of the hospice’s Living Well service and supporting the Men’s Space group.
The Rt Hon Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy said “Mr MacCourt has done extraordinary work for those most in need.
“He is a marvellous example of someone whose longstanding and voluntary dedication to the service and welfare of others is noteworthy and remarkable and we were delighted to be able to make this well-deserved award to him.”
Mr MacCourt, who was accompanied by his son Michael and St Richard’s Social Worker Andy Schwab at the ceremony, said: “I most humbly accept this honour and thank you and all who were involved in this decision.”
June Patel, Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice, said she was delighted Colum has been recognised for his dedication.
“The award really celebrates the love and support he has given as a volunteer over many years, to patients, their loved ones, staff and volunteers.”
Visit www.strichards.org.uk for more information about St Richard’s Hospice.