The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

February DAISY award winners announced

28 February 2020

Two specialist nurses have been chosen as the latest winners of an international nurse and midwife award scheme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals has partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honour the compassionate care of extraordinary nurses and midwives at hospitals in Leeds.

DAISY1Michelle Donachie, Urology Oncology Nurse Specialist was nominated by the daughter of a patient who was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, praising her care and advice at a difficult time.

Her nomination reads: “Michelle helped us come to terms with this. The end came much sooner than expected, she was there for us throughout this time but not just then also afterwards which just shows how much of a caring and compassionate nurse Michelle is. She is the kind of nurse this trust should be proud of.”

HEATHER4Heather Berry, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Late Effects was nominated by Leanne, a patient who wanted to recognise Heather for her outstanding care and support to people experiencing life as a cancer survivor and what the long-term side effects of treatment can bring.

Her nomination reads: “She has been such a supportive and key person in my cancer journey and beyond. She has helped me face some pretty tough situations. Heather has always gone out of her way to make the life of being a cancer survivor that little bit easier. She has often visited me on the wards after her working day had finished. This was so appreciated seeing a familiar, friendly face.”

Leanne also shared her grateful thanks to Heather and the team for setting up ‘Unity: The After Cure Choir’. She described the choir as “like a family, supporting each other” for patients who have had children, teenage and young adult cancers.

Lisa Grant, Chief Nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “It was a pleasure to present Leanne and Heather with their DAISY awards. We received lots of incredible nominations but these two really stood out for the difference they had made to patients and their families. The DAISY award is a fantastic way to recognise our nurses and midwives who go the extra mile to deliver compassionate care in our hospitals.”

Anyone who would like to say ‘thank you’ by sharing a story of how a nurse or midwife in Leeds has made a difference that they will never forget can make a DAISY award nomination via: or completing a nomination form from one of the hospital reception desks.


The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died aged 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes family were awestruck by the clinical skills, care and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this international award to say thank you to nurses and midwives everywhere. 

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation said: "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”