The care home in Crawley recently held an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of its staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff and residents enjoyed the celebrations with refreshments, food and cakes catered by a local community restaurant and bakery.

Awards were handed to all members of staff who worked throughout the pandemic, along with gifts provided by local community groups.

An award was also given to two local community businesses, The Chef Thai Cuisine and R&S Cake, who have supported the home during the pandemic.

Monique Rowland, Administrator for the home, commented on her win: “I feel honoured to be recognised along with all of my brilliant colleagues.”

In attendance to present the awards was chief operating officer for Shaw, Mike Smith, regional director, Martin Vanhinsbergh, director of compliance and governance, Liam Scanlon, as well as operations manager, Clare Gibson and local MP, Henry Smith.

Wan Nowakowski, manager of the home, added: “I am so proud of the team here at Deerswood Lodge. Every member of staff deserves to be a winner as they have all shown true dedication and commitment throughout the pandemic.

“It was such a lovely afternoon which everyone thoroughly enjoyed - including the residents.”