The regional cancer support and palliative care organisation Tweed Palliative Support (TPS) has won 2015 Best Community or Social Service Award and the top 2015 Best Business in Tweed Award at the recent Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire.

TPS, a not-for-profit group run largely by volunteers, was the subject of the cover story in the Winter edition of GP Speak.

The Southern Cross University judging panel was impressed by the TPS submission’s presentation of successful and inspiring events, partnerships and advocacies, according to TPS National Project Manager Liza Nagy.

The organisation’s outstanding fundraising effort, which included their Murwillumbah op shops, was also acknowledged.

In addition to generous community donations, this enabled the establishment of one of the state’s first community hospices, Wedgetail Retreat in the Murwillumbah hinterland, which opened last February.

Meredith Dennis, TPS President and Volunteer Coordinator said the team was thrilled to have won its category and honoured to be named ‘2015 Best Business in the Tweed’.

Tweed Palliative Support provides free cancer support and palliative care services to more than1200 Tweed Shire residents and their families each year.

“The Tweed Shire has the state’s highest incidence of some cancers and has a growing number of people of all ages living with a life-limiting illness,” Ms Dennis added.

“We work in partnership with the local health service, as well as the state and national palliative care organisations to offer home hospice, live-in hospice, volunteer training, education and Sunshine Day support.

“We are not as yet government funded and encourage people to go to our website to see what we do. We continually need donations, business sponsors, bequests and patronage of our Murwillumbah Op shops in order to continue our free services.”