The efforts of one of Hospice Isle of Man’s most long-standing volunteers was recognised with a prestigious award in London last week.
Edna Pearce was awarded the Order of Mercy medal by the League of Mercy Foundation, a charity which seeks to honour individual volunteers in British hospitals and in the wider community.
Nominated by her colleagues at Hospice Isle of Man, Mrs Pearce is believed to be the first ever recipient of the award to live in the Isle of Man.
The awards ceremony took place at Mansion House in the City of London last Monday in the presence of the sheriff of the city and other distinguished guests.
Presenting the award, president of the League of Mercy Lord Lingfield said: ‘Mrs Pearce has done extraordinary work for the welfare of others.
‘She is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to her community and we were delighted to be able, on the recommendation of the charity, to make this well-deserved award.’
Now retired from volunteering, Mrs Pearce worked for many years driving patients to and from Hospice in the Isle of Man.
She even stepped in to ensure that one of the clinical nursing specialists could keep all their appointments after they had suffered a broken leg. Mrs Pearce acted as the nurse’s driver, waiting patiently outside during home visits and appointments.
Sarah Turner, volunteer service manager at Hospice Isle of Man, was inspired to nominate Mrs Pearce for the award because of her many years of dedication:
‘She’s really gone that extra mile, not only driving our patients for many years, but making sure that other patients in the community were able to see one of our nurses.’