Keech Hospice Care has been shortlisted for The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize. It is awarded by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The prize highlights charities which have demonstrated a high standard of governance.
The award recognises volunteer trustee boards who work to a high standard to secure the long term direction of the charity and ensure it is operating in a responsible and effective way.
Keech Hospice Care, which delivers care to children and adults with life-limiting illnesses across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, used NCVO’s Good Governance Code to navigate changes in their board of trustees.
They reviewed the structures for the organisation and created a governance manual to ensure consistent communication for future staff and trustees.
Mike Keel, chief executive of Keech Hospice Care, said: “Good Governance is essential if a charity is to successfully meet the needs of its beneficiaries.
“As Keech Hospice Care has grown and its reputation as a leading provider of palliative and hospice care to adults and children has developed, the trustee board has recognised the need to keep itself up to date and functioning at the highest level.
“We are delighted to have reached the final stages of the Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize and see this as recognition of the hard work and forward thinking people who lead Keech Hospice Care.”
“The standard of entries for the Winifred Tumim Prize this year was, as ever, extremely high, so it’s quite an achievement to be shortlisted.”
It is one of four charities to be shortlisted for the award.
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said: “It’s very pleasing to see that charities and trustees are investing in good governance and making an even bigger difference.
The results will be announced at NCVO’s Trustee Conference on 10 November.
The winning charity will be awarded £1000, plus free NCVO membership for a year.