A special event aimed at recognising staff achievements was held at a Blaina Specialist Service earlier this month.

 Cwm Celyn hosted a celebration to mark the achievements of its staff throughout the pandemic, recognising two workers in particular for their long service.

Beverley Williams and Julie Watkins have both dedicated 31 years of their career to Cwm Celyn, having both joined in April 1991.

They received certificates to mark their impressive milestone, and along with their colleagues, were given chocolates, prosecco, wine and a large bouquet of flowers as a thank you for their on-going commitment.

Situated on High Street, the home welcomed councilor Gareth Collier and Councilor John P Morgan to join the party, which included a hog roast, ice cream van, singer and drinks.

Service Manager of the home, Leanne Smith, said: “I will be forever grateful to all the staff for how they pulled together at the beginning of the pandemic. Each and every member of the team, from cleaners and cooks to care staff, continued to give everything 100 per cent.”

Chief executive Russell Brown, chief financial officer, Mike Smith and newly appointed Regional Director, Cosmin Lemnaru, of Shaw healthcare, also attended the event.

Mrs Smith added: “We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming our local councilors and representatives of Shaw to our home – it was clear that not only did our staff enjoy the celebrations but our residents did too.”

Cwm Celyn provides care for up to 24 people with complex functional mental health needs.

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