Royal Trinity Hospice’s communications team have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award recognising excellence in the charity sector. The team of three are in the running for Communications Team of the Year at the Third Sector Awards.

The communications team was founded less than 2 years ago. Despite having limited capacity and dealing with a taboo subject matter, the team successfully secured national news coverage on mainstream broadcast channels, a feature in Boots’ Christmas campaign, a slot in the BBC’s Lifeline appeal and played a key role in a top selling Christmas charity single.

Their animated film dispelling the myths surrounding hospice care won this year’s Charity Film Awards and a video of a patient using VR has been seen over two million times on Facebook alone, inspiring interest from clinicians around the world.

This external success has been combined with a cultural shift internally as the team has led an organisation-wide movement to communicate better with each other and the outside world. During Dying Matters Week 2016 alone, over a thousand people took part in events in the hospice and charity shops aimed at encouraging people to have more open conversations about death, dying and bereavement

Megan Veronesi, Head of Service Development and Communications at Trinity, said “We are delighted and extremely honoured to be nominated for this national award. We are so grateful to all the amazing families and colleagues who trusted us to share their stories to raise awareness of the vital work of Trinity and hospices across the country.”

The Third Sector Awards attract hundreds of entries from across the country, and winners are picked by an expert independent judging panel. The final decision will be announced at an awards ceremony on 21st September 2017.