Hospice project recognised with invitation to No 10

Linda Gregory (far left) with Prime Minsiter David Cameron and other guests at the Downing Street reception

Linda Gregory (far left) with Prime Minsiter David Cameron and other guests at the Downing Street reception

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The leader of the day therapy team at St Catherine’s Hospice represented the charity at Downing Street when she was invited to a reception with Prime Minister.

Linda Gregory was the ambassador for the hospice at the prestigious event at No.10 with David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The event which also welcomed Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings and was organised to celebrate the work of nurses, carers and health professionals.

It was further recognition for the department’s dedicated sessions welcoming patients’ children and grandchildren which were honoured with a Nursing Times and NHS England award last year.

The sessions – which are designed to break down barriers with children and satisfy their curiosity about the hospice – were picked for the 6Cs Story of the Month, a competition organised to highlight initiatives which celebrate care, compassion, communication, courage, competence and commitment in nursing.

Linda, Head of Community Services at St Catherine’s Hospice, joined around 80 others for the Downing Street event.

She said she was ‘proud and privileged’ to represent St Catherine’s Hospice and the day therapy team at the event.

She added: “It was a wonderful to be part of such an occasion – to walk along Downing Street, see all the tourists gathered around, and then actually go inside was very exciting. It was an honour to be there on behalf of St Catherine’s, and it was fantastic for the team to receive further recognition for their efforts.”

Jimmy Brash, director of care said: “I am extremely proud of Linda and the team for going the extra mile for patients and their families with these dedicated sessions.”