A team of nurses from Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice have been shortlisted as finalists in BBC Radio WM’s prestigious Community Champion Award – a category in the Pride of Birmingham Award.

The nurses, who are part of the Community Palliative Care Team, are made up of Clinical Nurse Specialists who deliver care to terminally ill patients in the comfort of their own home.

They have been selected for their exceptional work in the community, which includes clinical care, providing psychological, spiritual and social support to patients - some of which only have weeks to live.

The nurses are a highly skilled team who work with local people from all backgrounds. They also work with GP’s and District Nurses which helps to spread more care to people across the city.

Kate Palmer, Clinical Nurse Specialists representing the Team, said: “We’re overwhelmed at the nomination, let along being selected as finalist. For us it’s all about the care we give, and that’s not only clinical care, it’s also about emotional support to patients, families and carers.

“We work as a team, and simply couldn't function without the support of each other. Winning would be a real thrill, who knows what the result will be. Either way, it’s all very exciting for all of us at the Hospice.”

The Hospice cares for over 1,000 terminally ill people every year, and offers a range of free services.

Tina Swani, Chief Executive for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: "I speak for the whole hospice when I say that we’re very proud of the nurses from our Community Palliative Care Team for getting to the final of the Community Champion Award.

“This is a very special award as the sentiment is all about the service to the community, which is at the heart of what we do. Our nurses are an incredible team, who work extremely hard and are devoted to their job. For them to be selected as finalists is amazing. They are very modest about the difference they make, for them it's the care and service that really matters. They are a credit to the hospice and we eagerly await the result."

To vote for the Hospice go to - www.bbc.co.uk/wm - click on Pride of Birmingham Awards – vote for The Community Palliative Care Team. The winner is invited to the Awards ceremony on Friday 2 October and will receive a trophy.

Listen to Trudie and Kate's interview on BBC Radio WM here