On Thursday 23rd March Pharmacist Support held its very first Hero Awards. The event, hosted by Charity Chair Professor Peter Noyce and Chief Executive Diane Leicester-Hallam, saw the charity present 10 awards to individuals, groups and organisations who supported us in our 175th anniversary year. The third award of the evening was the Business Hero Award, introduced by Diane.
Championing the work of Pharmacist Support in the workplace.
“This award honours an organisation that has really championed the charity to their employees. They got behind the charity’s wellbeing remit, hosting workshops for all 400 of their pre-registration trainees, commissioning a bespoke wellbeing focused video and support materials for all 8,000 of their pharmacy staff, and encouraging internal fundraising, raising over £2000 for the charity in 2016. Their Chief Pharmacist – a certain Mr Marc Donovan – who unfortunately cannot be with us tonight so its safe to proceed with some embarrassment of him with this photo I think, even tackled an inflatable 5K Gung Ho obstacle course himself to raise funds! The recipient of our Business Hero Award is Boots UK and to accept the award on behalf of the fabulous learning and development team there – Learning and Development Manager Jasmin Patel.”
Jasmin had this to say – “It is a great honour to receive the Pharmacist Support Business Hero Award. In a vastly changing pharmacy environment, we want to provide holistic support to our pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacists to continue being the best they can be. Working with Pharmacist Support has enabled us to do this, especially through the Wellbeing workshops. We appreciate the work that Pharmacist Support do and look forward to continuing working with such a great charity.”
Presenting the Award on the night was Richard Thomas from our Media Partner for the event Communications International Group. The company had this to say – “Communications International Group (CIG), with its suite of publications including Pharmacy Magazine, Independent Community Pharmacist, and P3, was honoured to be invited to support the new Hero Awards. Despite unprecedented challenges and upheaval in our industry, the Heroes programme highlights what a tight-knit community UK Pharmacy is, and regardless of the pressures, it remains a powerful force for good.”