Top award for work on behalf of terminally ill patients

Citizens Advice Sheffield has won a major city award for its campaigning work on behalf of terminally ill patients.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 3:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:23 pm
In its 90th year Voluntary Action Sheffield hosts the VAS Make a Difference 2016 Awards Evening at the Cutlers Hall Sheffield on Thursday 24th November 24 November 2016 Copyright Paul David Drabble

The organisation won an Excellence in Campaigning Award at the Make a Difference Sheffield Awards at the Cutlers’ Hall for helping to change the law on payments to those who are terminally ill.

Head of service delivery and campaigns at Citizens Advice Sheffield, Frances Potter, said: “This has come from Sheffield but it is having a national impact – we’ve been told about 4,000 people are going to benefit from this.”

She added: “It’s great to be recognised for the impact of our campaign work. This is a side of our work many people aren’t aware of.”

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Citizens Advice Sheffield was just one of the local volunteer and community organisations honoured for their work.

The awards event, the first of its kind for voluntary and community groups, was organised by Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) to mark its 90th anniversary and everyone was delighted that Jessica Ennis Hill came along to present the awards.

VAS, which is dedicated to supporting the city’s voluntary and community sector, wanted to recognise, celebrate and thank the many thousands of quiet heroes who work hard to help enhance the lives of local people.

Chief executive at VAS, Maddy Desforges, who opened the evening, said: “Tonight we have the opportunity to step back and recognise the enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work of so many people who help to make Sheffield a better place to live.” A Special Award also went to Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.