Sanctuary Care staff are celebrating after being successfully shortlisted in five categories of the regional finals of the Great British Care Awards.
In the West Midlands regional finals there are:
Care assistant Lisa Farrell and the catering team at Castlecroft Residential Care Home in Birmingham are in the running for the Care Home Worker and Care Home Cook/Chef Awards respectively. Sally Parkes, administrator at Bartley Green Lodge Residential Care Home in Birmingham is up for the Ancillary Worker Award. While Kate Lockwood at Westmead Residential Care Home in Droitwich is an Activities Coordinator Award finalist.
And in the South East regional finals:
Gary Tonks, Maintenance Operative at Pinewood Residential Care Home in Essex is a finalist in the Ancillary Worker category. Gary was nominated for the incredible allotment garden he created for the residents to enjoy during the pandemic. He said: “I was so shocked to be nominated – I am ecstatic it’s such good news.”
In her nomination Sally was described as a “lifeline” to so many during the pandemic, radiating positivity and selflessly devoting herself to the home. She said: “I feel very privileged to have got through and really emotional and excited!”
Joining Westmead during the pandemic, Kate’s nomination highlighted the amazing activities she organised in the safety of the home and gardens, including a ‘Glastonmead’ music festival!
She said: “This is the first time I’ve been nominated for an award and I feel really proud and appreciated.”
Meanwhile Castlecroft’s kitchen team, run by head chef Sharon Roadknight and assistant chef Christine Pedley were praised for both their amazing cooking and the ‘foody’ themed activities they organised, like ‘virtual pub lunches’ for residents to enjoy with loved ones.
Lisa was nominated for doing so many inspiring and person centred activities for residents – often on her days off, including organising a walking club in the home’s gardens and even taking a resident out for the day.
Home Manager Sharon Rollins said: “We are one big family at Castlecroft and we are enormously proud of Lisa and the kitchen team for the things they do every day to enrich the lives of our residents.”
The winners will be announced at the regional finals of the Great British Care Awards, which take place in October and November.