St Raphael’s Hospice gardener, Pete Morris, received national recognition for his contribution to the wellbeing of Hospice patients at the fifth Our Health Heroes Awards, organised by Skills for Health on March 23rd. From a group of over 600 nominations Pete was awarded Gold.

Commenting on Pete’s achievement, Nick Stevens and Gail Linehan, Joint CEOs at St Raphael’s, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Pete has won gold, as we have seen the way he has begun to transform our gardens and build a fabulous team of volunteers who are making a real difference.

“The Hospice is aiming to bring more beauty into the environment in which we deliver our care and it is wonderful that Pete has been recognised for the start he has made and the approach he takes to this work.”

Pete was surprised to be presented with the gold award, saying: “It’s great to be recognised for the work we’ve all been doing in the grounds of the Hospice.

“I have a great group of volunteers who are committed to making the gardens as good as they can be. The support and encouragement from staff, patients and their families keep us going when the weather is against us. We will continue to strive to make the grounds beautiful, with colour and wildlife that all who come to the Hospice can enjoy”.