Acts of kindness are being celebrated across Sanctuary Care homes up and down the country, thanks to surprise nominations from residents and staff.
Kindness is one of the most important qualities that Sanctuary Care looks for in staff so celebrates acts of kindness every quarter with regional Kindness Awards.
Celebrations this quarter include…
Care Assistant in Iffley, Oxfordshire
Mary Evans, a care assistant at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home in Oxfordshire has proudly won the regional Kindness Award after going head-to-head with fellow nominees across the Home Counties region.
Nominated for her continued support to staff and “always showing kindness to residents”, Mary, who has worked in the care industry for over 17 years and at Iffley for two, was “extremely shocked” to win the award.
She said: “I do my job because I love caring for people and making residents happy so to be awarded in such a way is lovely and very rewarding.”
Iffley resident Joan Fitchett, who is 92 years old said: “It’s so deserved; Mary is a very kind and nice lady.”
The home’s manager Sue Stubberfield continued: “Mary is so kind and hardworking and she genuinely has the interests of our residents at the heart of everything that she does, and on top of that she leads by exceptional example and many of my team look up to her and are inspired by her.
“Mary makes countless people smile every time she is here and I couldn’t sing her praises enough. She is thoroughly deserving of the Kindness Award and as a manager I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
70-year-old resident in Erith, Kent
Meanwhile in Erith, Geoffrey Leer, 70-year-old resident at Shaftesbury Court Residential Care Home has also won a regional accolade in Sanctuary’s annual Kindness Awards, thanks to surprise nominations from residents and staff.
Geoff, who has lived at the home for five months, scooped the regional award for the East for always “being helpful to other residents” and “showing nothing but kindness”.
On receiving the award, he said: “I was over the moon to win the award – I wasn’t expecting it at all, I was so surprised – I didn’t even know I was being nominated.”
The home’s manager Barbara Sweeting said: “Geoff has only been with us for just five months and he has made such a lasting impression already – he’s kind, thoughtful and very positive. He genuinely thinks of others before himself!”
Geoff continued: “I have just been myself since being here and made some wonderful friends. I’ve always treated others, how I wish to be treated – nothing above and beyond but here I am – an award winner.”
Annual award winners
Following their successes in the regional heats, Mary and Geoff, and the other regional winners across the country will now be entered into the annual award. Sanctuary Care’s Managing Director Mark McCarthy will select the overall winner, who will receive £300 and a trophy.