A charity chief has now collected her MBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II – and, while she was at it, invited the monarch to visit Dacorum.
Director of The Hospice of St Francis Ros Taylor visited Buckingham Palace recently to be given the award by Her Majesty.
Dr Taylor said: “My few minutes with the Queen were very special. She said she felt that hospice care was very important. She asked where our hospice was and how fundraising was going.
“I said we have an amazing team, a very generous community and invited her to visit! The whole day was glorious, creating unique memories for me, my family and the hospice.”
Dr Taylor, of Kings Langley, was made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to hospice care.
The Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for outstanding service to the community which stands out as an example to others.
Dr Taylor has been Director of The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted for 17 years.
During that time the hospice has grown from a small hospice in Shrublands Road to a leading centre for palliative care and teaching off Shootersway in the Northchurch area.
It now combines a 14-bed inpatient unit, supported by a specialist homecare nursing team, and outpatient facility The Spring Centre. The hospice reaches nationally and internationally in terms of care and impact.
Dr Taylor said: “I have been very honoured and humbled by all the wonderful feedback I have received since my MBE was announced.
“I feel this wonderful accolade is not just an honour for me but also for everyone I’ve worked with at The Hospice of St Francis as well as all the patients and families who have taught me so much over the years, facing illness and loss with resilience and humour, sharing their stories with me and showing me the value of hospice care and the difference it has made to them.
“Everyone at the hospice works tirelessly towards our vision for better care for those living and dying with advancing illness and I wouldn’t have achieved this MBE without their extraordinary hard work, talent and commitment, the contribution of our many, many hospice volunteers and the generosity of literally thousands of people who support us.
“I hope to use this honour to continue to raise the profile, not just of The Hospice of St Francis, but of the wider value of hospice and palliative care to the wellbeing of our society.”