Posted: Monday 27th November 2017
Dedicated care workers from across the county were rewarded for reaching the highest of standards and achieving excellence at the seventh annual Hertfordshire Care Awards.
Nine awards were presented to individuals, companies and teams at the glittering gala bash on Friday, November 24.
The prizes were handed out in front of a packed 400-strong audience at the ceremony hosted by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, at Knebworth Barns.
Below is the list of winners:
Care Leadership Award: Annie Fitzgerald, Founder of Care 4 Freedom
Learning Disability Innovation Award: Silvacare Homes’ Langley View
Outstanding Achievement in Learning Disability Support Award: Diane Deacon, Care By Us and Simon Jackson-Turner, The Inclusion Project
Compassion Award for Residential and Support Living Care: Jeanette Bussey, St Andrews Care Home
Most Innovative Residential Care Team Award: Pinelodge
Care Contribution Award: Martin Moran, Bupa’s Field House
Support at Home Outstanding Achievement Award: Brenda Robertson, Alina Homecare
Most Innovative Support at Home Team Award: Helpers Homecare
Made a Difference Award: Laura Milewski, Letchworth community care hub
Guests responded with a standing ovation during a poignant tribute for one of the finalists, Emma Patrick who worked for Leonard Cheshire, who sadly passed away before the awards evening.
The guests were entertained by singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan, who found fame on the 2012 series of The X Factor, and enthralled by artiste Valeriya Murzak, who performed a unique act combining contortion, hand balance and dance on top of a sparkling, spinning mirror ball.
Other musical entertainment throughout the evening was provided by Bethan Scanes, Michael Buble impersonator Dale Bullimore and Groove On Up.
The HCPA fundraised for St John Ambulance on the night with a prize draw and guests taking part in action games, raising over £2,400.
Through the Hertfordshire Care Awards 2017, the HCPA celebrates and rewards the successes of care providers within the county and showcases why care in the private, voluntary and independent sectors in the county is outstanding.
The HCPA work in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS to ensure residents of care homes, home care and learning disability centres in Hertfordshire get the best possible care.
They support businesses, managers and staff of care-providing companies, and work with them to follow the guidelines of the Care Quality Commission and Local Authority and to provide excellent care to vulnerable people.
Iain MacBeath presenting Martin Moran from Bupa’s Field View House with The Care
Contribution Award. Presenter is Wesley Strahan-Hughes (Head of Operations at HCPA)