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Hospice worker nominated for award

By stephanie daley, Assistant Editor Tuesday 12th August 2014
Zoe Dransfied

A 'gentle and kind-natured' hospice worker who helps children deal with the loss of a loved one has been put forward as a children's champion in the Proud of Barnsley awards.


Zoe Dransfied has worked at the Barnsley Hospice for 13 years.

She initially worked on the inpatient ward as an auxiliary nurse, but later trained in bereavement work. She now helps struggling children and young people aged between five and 18 to deal with their grief and loss.

She has been nominated by her colleague, Zoe Mitchell, who said in her nomination: "The work Zoe conducts at the hospice with children and young adults is a such a vital and important role within the family team and wider hospice community. Zoe' s gentle and kind-nature is so well suited to working with children who are struggling to manage difficult feelings associated with loss and grief. She is a natural and can relate to children of all ages and background, putting them at their ease at such a difficult time."

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Posted by Natalie Parkes I Wed 13th Aug 2014 at 6:14pm

After working personally alongside Zoe with a child I can hand on heart say she is a truly amazing lady with a kind heart and a warm smile. Well done Zoe for your nomination. Thoroughly well deserved xxx

Posted by Kerry darnbrough I Wed 13th Aug 2014 at 9:12pm

After meeting Zoe i truly believe she deserves recognition for providing a fantastic service which offers invaluable support and advice during difficult times .

Posted by Teresa Glymond I Thu 14th Aug 2014 at 6:51pm

I have had the pleasure of meeting this lady who helped my children when we suffered a bereavement 6 years ago. Her work is invaluable and she fully deserves the recognition, as all the workers and volunteers do. I'm sure that without this vital help my children would be in a different place mentally. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Hope you win the award!!

Posted by Janine Harrison I Fri 15th Aug 2014 at 10:29am

I have known Zoe for many years having grown up with her and working alongside her for the last nine years. Zoe is an extremely kind person as has a special gift when it comes to working with children. Kids automatically take to her and she has a way of making them feel comfortable and safe in her company. Well done Zoe, you deserve an award .

Posted by Katy Bedford I Sun 17th Aug 2014 at 7:50am

Zoe is probably the kindest person I've ever met. She listened to how I felt and showed much empathy. She's also very down to earth and quirky and can smile and laugh whilst helping unearth distressing and painful life experiences. She is a natural and a role model for nurses and therapists.

Posted by Lynne Barnett I Tue 19th Aug 2014 at 9:43am

I loved working with Zoe. An amazing, kind, gentle and loving person. She really deserves an award

Lynne xx

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