Pendleside Hospice’s first ever apprentice has taken home a top accolade from the Themis Awards.
Carrice Dickinson was presented with the Judges’ Choice Award at the Themis Inspire & Achieve Awards 2017 held at Burnley College on the evening of Thursday the 7th of September.
The 18-year-old from Fence in Burnley was nominated in the Advanced Apprentice Award category. All finalists were then entered into the Judges’ Choice Award, an award that recognises an exceptional apprentice who has made a difference and has shown commitment to stand out from the crowd.
Carrice was nominated by Julia O’Neill, Day Services Manager at Pendleside for her hard work and dedication to the Hospice, which saw her not only take on her day-to-day roles with great pride and enthusiasm, but also use her initiative to start new activities for the Hospice Living with Dementia programme.
She also became a great advocate for the Hospice regularly promoting the Hospice outside of work including at educational events, volunteering at fundraising events, and even spoke at a national hospice conference about the future of hospice care.
Carrice said: “I was really chuffed to bits to win the Judges’ Choice Award – I really wasn’t expecting it; it was such a shock. I’d like to thank the Hospice for all their help throughout the past few years and I’d like to thank Julia entering me for the awards.”
Hugh Bramwell, Chief Executive of Themis, said: “Carrice is a worthy recipient of the prestigious Judges’ Choice Award. The judges felt that Carrice was a pioneer and a true ambassador for both the Hospice and Themis Apprenticeships through her maturity, her dedication and her outstanding work ethic. They truly felt that all hospices needed a Carrice in their team.
“Congratulations from everyone at Themis to Carrice and Pendleside Hospice for nurturing her talent. We look forward to following Carrice’s career in palliative care with pride.”
Julia O’Neill said of Carrice: “We are all delighted that Carrice has been recognised with this fantastic accolade. As our first apprentice she has paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps. She brought a wonderful young energy to the unit and has been an inspiration to all of us here at the Hospice.
“We are extremely proud of Carrice and all that she has achieved.”