Best School - Belfast Hospital School
Sponsored by Kingsmill
Principal of the Belfast Hospital School, Michele Godfrey, said she felt brilliant about receiving the Best School award, but that the “real heroes” are the children her staff teach.
For nearly 40 years, dedicated teaching staff have helped young people aged 4-18 learn in hospital and at home, to ensure their education is continued, as they face serious and life-threatening illnesses.
As Michele Godfrey proudly walked off stage at the Grand Opera House, excitedly clutching her new award, she said she was feeling on top of the world.
“This feels absolutely brilliant. I’m so pleased the work of the staff has been recognised, but the real heroes in this are definitely the children. “They just make it so lovely to come into work every day and do the job that we do. They make it so easy.”
Hayley McKee (24), a former pupil of the Belfast Hospital School, suffered two strokes as a teenager.
She said her life would have been much different now without the caring help and guidance from staff at the Belfast Hospital School, who are based at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, the City Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital.
“If they weren’t there for me, truthfully, I wouldn’t be here today,” Hayley said.
“The helped me get my exams when I was down, they got me into college and then into work. Without them I’d just be at home.”
Current pupil, Finbar Conlon (7) helped Michelle and Hayley accept the award and said he had a good time at the awards ceremony.
Peter Henry, from Kingsmill, said: “We have had a really enjoyable evening. We’re delighted to sponsor such a special award.”