A special event aimed at recognising employee achievements has been held at a Kettering care home.

 Thorndale hosted a celebration to mark the achievements of its staff throughout the pandemic, recognising four employees in particular for their long service.

Deborah Turner, Debbie Ellis, Stephanie Stevenson and Yvonne Taylor have dedicated much of their working lives to supporting local care home residents – 26 years, 27 years, 29 years and 31 years respectively.

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

The home welcomed councilor Keiron Fallows and Cllr Larry Henson – Vice Chair of North Northamptonshire Council - to join the celebrations while local MP Philip Hollobone sent a letter of thanks to the team at the home to praise them on their commitment and hard work to the service.

Service manager, Heidi Brown, 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 operating officer, Mike Smith, and regional director, Stacey Meredith also attended the event and thanked staff personally.

Ms Brown 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.”

Russell Kieran Heidi Deb Turner Steph Stephenson Debbie Ellis Cllr Larry Henson Mike Smith Stacey Meredith at Thorndale