The Hospice Biographers
1296. Barbara Altounyan
Barbara Altounyan, from London, is the creator of ‘The Hospice Biographers’ which works in hospices across the UK to give the gift of memories by recording patients’ life-stories through free broadcast-quality audio recorders.
A TV executive producer, Barbara recorded her father talking of his memories towards the end of his life in a hospice, and realised that more patients should have the chance to share their stories and preserve valuable memories for family and friends. Since creating the charity in 2017, over 190 patient stories have been recorded and staff trained in using recording equipment in 35 hospices across the UK.
In a personal letter to Barbara, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of your incredible work which brings the gift of memories to families across the country.”
“We are thrilled to receive this very worthwhile PM award honouring the work of volunteers.
“Every life story we record on audio from our hospice patients is a life remembered for their family and friends forever, what other family heirloom can be as valuable as the voice and memories of one whom you’ve loved and cherished.”
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