A care home in Evesham has double the reason to celebrate after its manager won a prestigious award shortly after it marked its 15th anniversary.

Mary Tasker, manager of The Hawthorns care home in Evesham, was nominated for the University of Worcester’s Hennell Award by her colleague and the home’s activity champion, Alison Edwards, for her outstanding work in making a significant contribution to promoting person-centred care.

The award was created by June Hennell MBE in memory of her late husband and celebrates the achievements of an individual or team that has demonstrated an ability to implement positive change for people living with dementia. Ms Hennell joined the judging panel along with other dementia specialists, all of whom felt Mary had shown outstanding person-centred care, impacting positively on residents, their families and the community.

In addition to Mary’s award win, the home recently threw open its doors to welcome guests, alongside residents and staff, to celebrate The Hawthorns’ 15-year anniversary of delivering care in Evesham. The occasion was marked with a hot buffet lunch and a special anniversary cake, with musical entertainment from Gaynor Walker.

VIPs included local MP, Nigel Huddleston, the mayor of Evesham, councillor Mark Goddage and the vice chair of Wyevale Council, councillor Sital Harris.

Commenting on the afternoon’s celebrations, Mary said: “I was completely overwhelmed when I heard I had won the award and can’t thank Alison enough for taking the time and effort to nominate me.”

“The win is topped off by coinciding with the home’s our anniversary and it’s been wonderful to see our residents, their families, staff and special guests come together to recognise and celebrate the good work we do here. It’s also an opportunity to say a huge congratulations to my team who give of their very best to ensure that we provide a high standard of care, day in, day out.”

The Hawthorns care home provides care for up to 40 older people for those living with a dementia and also has 7 self-contained apartments for people with an acquired brain injury in their Belleview Suite.

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