A local hairdresser has WON the ‘Dementia care champion’ category in the National Dementia Care Awards 2020. Denise Carr is a full time hairdresser at Fremantle Court in Stoke Mandeville.  The home is the flagship private residential and nursing care home operated by The Fremantle Trust.

Denise won the Dementia Care Champion Award, for her outstanding care for residents living with dementia. Denise said “I feel so honoured to be chosen as a finalist in this award for simply doing what I love. My Dad always said ‘find a job you like and you’ll never work again’. Bringing back the memories to these people is a pure pleasure for us all”

Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust, Sara Livadeas, is a strong advocate of great care every day. To this end, The Fremantle Trust have been dedicated to ensuring residents could have visits from their friends and relatives, inside the homes as usual. She said: “We all know what’s it’s like to have a bad hair day. The practice of welcoming visitors safely into our homes has to extend to hairdressers to improve the wellbeing of our residents.  I’ve seen Denise in action chatting and singing while she pampers her customers. I’m delighted that Denise has been recognised for her brilliant work.”   

When presenting the award, the judges commented that they’d love to have their hair cut in Denise’s salon – but they expect she’s fully booked!