Unsung Hero Award for local mortuary team

L-R: Dane Wilson, Tracy Skinner (nominator), Deborah Skinner, Emma Caldwell, Simon Rolfe, Liz Berry


East Surrey Hospital’s mortuary team have won a national Unsung Hero Award.

The five-strong team won “Team of the Year – Ancillary Staff” at an evening ceremony in Manchester on 1 March.

The annual awards shine a light on the work of non-medical staff in the NHS, who make up nearly half the workforce.

Tracy Skinner, bereavement midwife at the hospital nominated the mortuary team for their pride, care and compassion.

Simon Rolfe, mortuary and bereavement services manager, said:

“We are so pleased to be recognised for our commitment to care: the team all do a fantastic job under the radar.

We believe the care of all our patients continue until they leave the mortuary, with everyone treated with the same dignity and respect.

I am proud to work with such a dedicated team and it was lovely to be awarded with such a prestigious award.”

Tracy said:

“Simon is dedicated to his work, staff and his trainees and most importantly his patients.

He has set very high standards within his mortuary and his staff work to the same end.

Well done to the team on winning this award – well deserved.”

The team members are: Simon Rolfe (mortuary and bereavement services manager), Liz Berry (head of service for cellular pathology), Emma Caldwell (senior mortician), Deborah Skinner (newly-qualified mortician) and Dane Wilson (trainee mortician).

Separately, a volunteer elsewhere in Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Maria Hains, was nominated as “Volunteer of the Year” for her 35 years’ service at Crawley hospital.


L-R Dane Wilson, Simon Rolfe, Liz Berry, Tracy Skinner (nominator), Emma Caldwell, at the awards