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Care stars shine at Barchester Care Awards

Charlie Dimmock, Desmond Knight and Barchester staff

This year’s national winners of the Barchester Care Awards, an annual event celebrating staff excellence across the company, were announced at an awards luncheon held at the Midlands Hotel in Manchester on 30th September.

Everyone enjoyed a three-course lunch while the winners of the 17 categories (and two surprise categories) were read out and congratulated.

Celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock joined Barchester’s CEO Dr Pete Calveley on stage to host the gardening section of the awards – Barchester in Bloom. She also delivered a talk about the importance of gardens and the difference they can make to individuals living in care homes.

Over 1,000 nominations were received this year. The winners were voted for by residents’ relatives, volunteers, healthcare professionals and Barchester staff.

This year’s winners are:

Home Trainer of the Year – Kathryn Billet, South View Care Home in Billingham

Apprentice/Learner of the Year – Julie Wright, Drummond Grange in Lasswade

Home Administrator Champion – Sally Matthews, Juniper House in Brackley

Maintenance Champion of the Year –  James Richardson, Strachan House in Edinburgh

Housekeeper of the Year – Julie Hewitt Redden, Appletree Grange in Birtley

Golden Broom Winner – Barbara Dunn, Rhiwlas in Flint

Chef of the Year  – Ahmet Akkur, Drummond Grange in Lasswade

Foundation Champion – Michael Butler, Hollyfields in Kidderminster
Volunteer of the Year – Desmond Knight, Harton Grange in South Shields

Activities Co-ordinator of the Year – Richard Sweeting, Highfield in Tadcaster

Diverse Services Champion – Jayne Satterley, Awel-Y-Mor in Swansea

Memory Lane Champion – Fatima Buxton, Highfield in Tadcaster

Nurse of the Year – Giovanni Toscano, Chacombe Park in Banbury

Senior Nurse of the Year – Setty Monyebudi, Tandridge Heights in Oxted

Carer of the Year – Neil Vernon, South Grange in Monifieth

Barchester in Bloom competition winners:

Community Garden Award – Fordmill in Montrose

Most Improved Garden – Winchester House in Rochester

Most Innovative Garden – Hugh Myddelton House in Southgate

Garden of the Year 2015 – Hunters Care Centre in Cirencester

To find out more about the Barchester Care Awards 2015, please click here to see the gallery of winners.