Ivy Sharpe and Don Thompson, two members of the Sheffield Palliative Care Advisory Group (chaired by Dr Louise Brereton, ScHARR), are to receive the Royal Maundy award from the Queen in the traditional Maundy service. ‘Maundy money’ is presented to pensioners for their outstanding contribution to community work. This is the only occasion where the Queen travels to make an award.
Don and Ivy are two of the original members of the Palliative Care Studies Advisory Group (PCSAG) established by Professor Christine Ingleton and Dr Clare Gardiner, School of Nursing and Midwifery, in 2009. The group was set up in order to give advice and guidance to research projects. The group continues, currently contributing to the INTEGRATE-HTA project led by Professor Liddy Goyder, ScHARR. From 2002 Don and Ivy have advised on a number of projects with teams from various universities, including Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Lancaster.
Ivy and Don will receive this prestigious award in recognition of their community work carried out in the Rotherham and Sheffield areas. Both were longstanding volunteers at Rotherham Hospice, helping with fundraising and as day care drivers. For a number of years Don and Ivy have worked with Sheffield & Rotherham Pensioner Action Groups attending quarterly meetings in the Yorkshire and Humberside area, also attending the National Pensioners Convention Annual Parliament in Blackpool each year.
The award ceremony will take place on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, at the Sheffield Cathedral.