Awards for county's brilliant carers
Every year we celebrate people who care for others here in Buckinghamshire - those who work hard and make sacrifices to look after the wellbeing of someone else.
This year's Dignity in Care Awards Ceremony took place earlier this week - the event was to find out who had won the top awards, as well as celebrate the brilliant work our carers and services in Bucks do.
Hosted by BBC news and radio presenter Andy Holmes, the awards were presented alongside moving statements about how nominees had gone above and beyond providing the very highest level of dignity and respect to those most in need.
The overall winner of the top award was Kelly Richards who stood out to the judges because of her fabulous team work at Swarthmore Residential Care Home in Gerrards Cross. Recognised by both her team and residents Kelly was shocked to find out she had won.
Kelly told us, ‘I am really thrilled to have been chosen as the overall winner. It was a lovely surprise to have been nominated in the first place, but to win the top award feels amazing!’
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Lin Hazell, was delighted to see so many outstanding examples of public service saying,
‘What all these people do is bring genuine happiness and show extra thoughtfulness for the wellbeing of those they look after, so we are delighted to have the chance to say a big thank you.’
A special mention this year went to 12 year old Eduard Deak who received a special Judges Award as it was felt his contribution to ‘Generation Link – Be My Friend’ was an outstanding example of great intergenerational working.
Gill Quinton, Executive Director for Communities, Health and Adult Social Care at Bucks County Council, said, ‘Eduard is a prime example of a young person taking the time to help others and really make a difference.’
‘We couldn’t let this ceremony go by without recognising the fabulous contribution Eduard has made. Huge congratulations and thanks to him, as well as all the other nominees and winners’
The winners are below and you can also check out Bucks County Council website for more: buckscc.gov.uk/dignity-in-care-awards-2019
Putting People First - Chaplaincy Team Lindsay Van Dijk, Stefan Tiran, Carol Hough and Angela Thompson and Kelly Richards
Innovation Award - MHA Hillside Nursing Home
Learning – Suzanne Robinson
Community Engagement - Paul Irwin
Collaboration - Trudi Scrivener
Fulfilling Lives - Dintta Gould
Best Team – Westminster Homecare
Most Improved Service - Litslade Farm Residential Care Home Team
Judges Special Award - Eduard Deak
Overall winner - Kelly Richards