(L to R) Mel Occomore (Awards Officer), Jackie Fender, Claire Taws (recipients) and George Callander (SBP President), following the presentation of the President's Award of Merit at Forget Me Not Funerals in Blyth

George Callander (SBP President), presents the President's Award of Merit

to Rev Mel Occomore at Chapel House in Durham

George Callander (SBP President), presents the SBP Badge of Merit

to Trevor Shingler at Blackwood House in Sunderland

SBP AWARDS

The principal aim of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners is to "Recognise Commitment and Achievement in Bereavement Care and Support". We believe it is vitally important to recognise the work of individuals and organisations working with and for bereaved people who might not otherwise be recognised for the contribution they make. To this end, the Society introduced three awards:

 

1. The SBP President's Award of Merit

2. The SBP Award of Merit

3. The SBP Badge of Merit (Gold or Silver)

 

1. The SBP President's Award of Merit

Is the highest award of the Society and is in the sole gift of the President. Recipients are presented with a framed certificate and distinctive gold badge.

 

Recipients of the Award:

 

PRESIDENT'S AWARD OF MERIT

 

Mrs Barbara Pitt

Funeral Arranger, Reigate

March 2009 ( RIP)

 

Saint & Forster Funeral Directors Ltd., Darlington

September 2015

 

Jacqueline Fender

Claire Taws

Forget Me Not Funeral Services Ltd., Blyth

July 2020

 

Very Reverend Melvyn John Occomore

Bereavement Specialist Minister, Tyne & Wear

August 2020 ( RIP)

 

Reverend Martyn Jinks

Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Care,

Chesterfield NHS Trust

January 2021

 

Angela Garner

Pet Bereavement Specialist

January 2021

 

 

2. The SBP Award of Merit

Is the Society's award made to recognise outstanding service, care, support, commitment or innovation in any area of working with and for bereaved people. The Award is generally made to candidates from outside the Society who might not otherwise be recognised for the work they do. Recipients are presented with a framed certificate and silver badge.

 

Recipients of the Award

 

Sandra Barry ( RIP)

Iris Lawley MBE

Joe Lawley MBE ( RIP)

Diane Whelan

Heather Ross

Karen Mayne

Sally Anne Boffey

 

 

3. The SBP Badge of Merit (Gold or Silver)

Is the Society's award made to recognise outstanding service, care, support, commitment or innovation in any area of working with and for bereaved people. The Award is generally made to candidates from within the Society who might not otherwise be recognised for the work they do.

Recipients receive a gold or silver badge and certificate of appreciation.

 

Recipients of the Gold Award:

Bruce Haworth ( RIP)

Jan Haworth

Allyson Jamieson

William Lauderdale

Trevor Shingler

 

Recipients of the Silver Award:

James Anderson

Neil Elcombe ( RIP)

Ryan Prince

Tyron Spence

 

Nomination Procedure

The Society is always pleased to receive nominations for the SBP Award of Merit and Badge of Merit. Anyone can nominate someone whom they feel deserves to be recognised for what they do. Nominations come from members of the public; from clients impressed with care received; from colleagues wishing to recognise outstanding service. SBP Council are often made aware of potential nominees from other sources, too, each of which is followed-up. In short, nominations come from many sources. However, it will be appreciated that we cannot accept self-nominations, and these will be rejected.

 

Should you wish to submit a nomination or discuss a possible nomination, please in the first instance contact our Awards Officer by email:

 

awards@socbp.uk