THE chief executive of a Dorset hospice care charity was shortlisted for a national award.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care chief executive Clare Gallie was in contention for the title of Charity Retail Association’s ‘Most Supportive Chief Executive’.

The annual Charity Retail Awards took place at a ceremony in Nottingham, where charities from across the UK and sector leaders came together, having been nominated for an array of awards.

Ms Gallie was shortlisted for the award, alongside respected charity sector chief executives, such as winner Kate Heaps – Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, Jane Gurney – Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and Trevor Caffull – Salvation Army Trading Company.

“I feel very honoured to have been nominated by the staff at Lewis-Manning Hospice,” said Ms Gallie.

“It’s funny that the more you are seen as being supportive, the more support you subsequently gain from your staff, all of whom have been brilliant. I’ve been at the hospice for over two years now and it’s fantastic to see how much positive change there has been in that time.

“We’ve done lots of hard work on our culture and values which are now centred on kindness and support when working with our patients, our volunteers and each other. Sadly I didn’t win the award, however, I am delighted that I made the final 4 shortlist. I was up against some very large organisations and brilliant CEO’s from across the UK. I wish Kate Heaps huge congratulations on her award.”

Su Newcombe, Lewis-Manning director of retail, said: “It is wonderful to see Clare’s hard work rewarded in this way. Through her incredible supportive nature she has created a dedicated and loyal team who love working alongside her.”