Nine care sector workers were celebrated for their hard work and commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic at a national awards ceremony on the 4th November.
People gathered at the Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire for Shaw healthcare’s 12th annual Star Awards.
Four of the individual winners are based in West Sussex, across three different homes – Warmere Court, Hillside Lodge and Deerswood Lodge.
Amber Porter, team leader at Warmere Court, was awarded the ‘Special Recognition Award’, Karla Bushby, team leader at Hillside Lodge, won the ‘Outstanding Non-Clinical Contribution Award’, and the two members of staff from Deerswood Lodge who were announced as winners were Sharon Matthew, domestic supervisor, who won the ‘Outstanding Service Contribution Award’ and Wan Nowakowski who won the ‘Outstanding Management Contribution Award’ for the second time.
Other winners included Wilbert Dabengwa from Ledbury Nursing Home for ‘Outstanding Clinical Contribution’, Amy Smith from Cartref in Powys for the ‘Outstanding Administrative Contribution’ award, Gareth Evans at Ty Bryngoleu in Merthyr Tydfil for ‘Outstanding Carer Contribution’ and Julia Dobbs from Shaw healthcare’s head office in Cardiff for ‘Outstanding Regional / Central Support’.
The awards aim to celebrate the achievements of outstanding staff members across Shaw’s 80 UK facilities and all winners were nominated by colleagues and selected by a panel of Shaw healthcare’s executive team.
This year’s awards were also the first for Russell Brown as Shaw healthcare’s new CEO, as Jeremy Nixey steps down from the role after more than 40 years at the head of the organisation.
Mr Brown said: “It was truly fantastic to have staff members across the UK come together to celebrate what has become such an important event in the Shaw calendar.
“Our hardworking and committed staff have rallied through the pandemic and shown immense determination and compassion for our residents, so this year’s event was even more special - especially with last years’ awards ceremony being cancelled.
“We’ve had a fantastic, high-quality group of finalists and this year has been particularly difficult to pick our winners. It is true to say that every member of the Shaw family is a winner.”
After dinner, the guests were surprised with a performance from Britain’s Got Talent finalist Barbara Nice and music from three-piece band AudioJaxx.
Click here to see the action from the evening and also the video higlights of the finalists.