A Birmingham-wide project which includes John Taylor Hospice has gained a top national award.
BrumYODO brings together organisations and individuals including funeral directors, hospices, hospitals, clinicians, artists and theatre groups to host a series of events across the city – all aiming to encourage discussion around the subject of death and dying.
And the Birmingham initiative has now received national recognition after winning a National Council for Palliative Care Award at a ceremony at the House of Lords.
The award follows the group organising a week of events including Death Cafes, ‘Before I Die…’ walls, talks, art and creative writing workshops and story-telling to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week in May 2016.
Attended by Baroness Bakewell and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, the annual awards aim to recognise end of life initiatives across the country. There were nearly 100 entries across four award categories and BrumYODO was named joint winner of the Dying Matters Awareness Initiative of the Year along with Leeds Dying Matters Partnership.
BrumYODO collective founder member Fran Glover, who attended the award ceremony, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named a winner in these prestigious national awards. Not only does it recognise all the amazing work we’ve done but it also helps raise the profile of our projects.
“We are really looking forward to this year’s Dying Matters Week in May when we can promise lots of exciting and interesting events. Everything we do is aiming to encourage people to feel comfortable talking about death and dying with their friends, family and community. It is by talking about death and dying that we can remove some of the fears and taboos that can exist in society.”
John Taylor Hospice Head of Brand and Media and BrumYODO committee member Diane Parkes added: “John Taylor Hospice is committed to encouraging a more open and honest conversation about death and dying and, together with the fellow members of BrumYODO, we are ensuring this happens in different, fun and interactive ways. It’s great to see that work being recognised nationally.”