An award-winning care assistant from a Sanctuary Care home in Yarnton is being recognised for her inspiring care and support at a national awards evening tonight.
Vanessa Howkins from Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home in Rutten Lane is going head-to-head with finalists across the country to win The Care Worker accolade in the Great British Care Awards this week, following an award win in her regional heat.
Award winner in the South East
Already beating competition in the South East – from care homes as far as Kent, Surrey and Maidenhead, Vanessa, who was described as “outstanding”, “patient”, “kind” and “respectful”, is now setting her sights to secure top spot in the national heats at a prestigious award ceremony tonight (Friday 20 May).
Vanessa said: “I am finding the whole experience very touching, I was so overwhelmed to be nominated – let alone winning the South East award and here I am now going head-to-head for a national award, it’s very surreal but amazing at the same time.”
Good luck Vanessa!
Sanctuary Care’s regional manager Jo Butler added: “Vanessa is so wonderful, her dedication and hard work is inspiring. She has such a way with residents, she’s genuine, shows them respect and she’s a friend, it’s very rewarding to watch.
“Everyone, including the residents, is so enormously proud of Vanessa – it couldn’t be more deserved and we are routing for her every step of the way!”
Vanessa continued: “I am so proud and overwhelmed to get this far, the whole experience has been just brilliant and so enjoyable. I can’t wait to go to another awards evening, I hope ‘I’ll bring home the bacon’ for me and my fellow colleagues – we work as a team so it’s definitely for all of us and not just for me.”
Inside the award-winning nomination
Describing life at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home, she continued: “I love it and I genuinely love caring for the residents, it’s such a joy and to be rewarded in this way for doing something I love is priceless!”
Vanessa’s award-winning nomination included glowing examples of her dedication to her residents – for instance, when she gave up her own time to take a resident whom she had built an unbreakable bond with to a hospital appointment because the resident wanted her by her side.
The resident’s son commented: “Vanessa shows genuine love and care for mum. She speaks respectfully and directly to her, with clear language and always smiles. Vanessa is calm and wise and deserves to be recognised for her outstanding contribution to my mother’s wellbeing.”