The Order of Malta has awarded Bronze Medals of Merit to ten OSJCT employees. These medals recognise their exemplary service to social care. Five attended a St John’s Day mass and investiture at the Brompton Oratory in London on Friday 23 June where they received their Bronze Medal of Merit from H.E. The Grand Prior of England Fra’ Max Rumney and H.E. The President of the British Association, Lady Celestria Hales.
Many of the medallists have worked for OSJCT for over 10 years and were recognised for their exceptional support and contribution to the Trust and its residents. Medallists attended the ceremony with a guest, and also witnessed the investiture of honours on Order of Malta members and volunteers.
OSJCT employees who received their medals at the St John’s Day service are:
Ms Beverley Cottam, Senior Carer at Hartsholme House, Lincoln
Ms Nichola (Nic) Grainger, Quality Improvement Lead, Care Quality Team
Ms Sally Hibberd-Burns, Carer at Spencer Court, Woodstock
Ms Ann-Marie Palmer, Finance Support Administrator, Central Support Services
Ms Sally Reynolds, Chef at Watersmead, Westbury
Other OSJCT medallists who were unable to attend the ceremony are:Ms Marie Gormley, Care Leader at Willowcroft, Salisbury
Ms Helen Butler, Head Housekeeper at Meadowcroft, Thame
Ms Denise Parker, Care Leader at Paternoster House, Cirencester
Ms Catherine Meanwell, Housekeeper at Gregory House, Grantham
Ms Diane Perry, Senior Care Leader at Millbrook Lodge, Brockworth
Nic joined the Trust in 2008 and worked as a Home Manager before joining the Care Quality team. She said: “I feel very privileged to have received this Medal. But I am even more honoured to have worked with some amazing people over the years, and even more happy that I could care for our wonderful residents in our homes along the way. All the people I’ve met whilst working at OSJCT have given me so much and I am so thankful that I do what I do.
“This medal isn’t for me. It is for all of my residents and my colleagues who have been with me along the way. It’s also for my family who brought me up to always be kind and caring to people and who believed in me when I said I wanted to be a nurse.”
Ten OSJCT employees received Order of Malta Medals of Merit in 2023. The Order of Malta is one of OSJCT’s two sponsoring orders.